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Changing LivesDelinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy$
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Peter W. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307190

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307237.001.0001

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The Uses and Limits of Cost Effectiveness in Allocating Crime-Prevention Resources

The Uses and Limits of Cost Effectiveness in Allocating Crime-Prevention Resources

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(p.119) Chapter 6 The Uses and Limits of Cost Effectiveness in Allocating Crime-Prevention Resources
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Changing Lives
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307237.003.0006

This chapter reviews various challenging issues regarding the use of cost-effective methodologies in the context of delinquency prevention. It begins with defining cost effectiveness, followed by a few examples of its implementation and focuses on two critical issues that are of special interest in criminal justice. One issue involves differences in the timing of outcomes as it takes five years or more after the implementation of a delinquency-prevention program to yield positive and measurable results. The other issue involves the apparent public bias in favor of some types of prevention over others. Society usually favors enforcement and punishment over assistance, deterrence over treatment, and immediate and direct action over programs that work more slowly and indirectly. The chapter considers the various issues related to funding agencies, tax payers, or society regarding the cost-effectiveness of crime-prevention programs.

Keywords:   delinquency prevention, criminal justice, cost-effectiveness, crime-prevention programs

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