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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention
Programs, Policies, and Practices

February 2020 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Crime Prevention: Programs, Policies, and Practices, criminologists Steven E. Barkan and Michael Rocque present a well-rounded exploration of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Grounded in criminological theory and emphasizing the social, psychological, and biological roots of crime, this text presents current research, perspectives, and examples that capture the key crime prevention concepts students should understand, including the public health model for crime prevention. Highlighting the importance of applying theory to real-world solutions, the authors' discussion of crime prevention strategies integrates theory and practice throughout the text.

About the Authors
Part I: Introduction: Why Crime Prevention?
Chapter 1: The Crime Problem in the United States
The Amount and Cost of Crime

Unaffordable Justice: The Failure of Mass Incarceration

Chapter 2: Public Health and the Study of Crime Prevention
The Public Health Model

Studying Crime and Crime Prevention

Chapter 3: Setting the Stage: The Individual Roots of Crime
Preview of The Discussion

Biological Factors Then and Now

Psychological Factors: Mental Illness and Personality

Cognitive Processes and Motivation: Rational Choice and Deterrence

Chapter 4: Setting the Stage: The Environmental Roots of Crime
Community and Situational Factors

Families, Friends, and Schools

Sociodemographic Correlates of Crime

The Need for Multifaceted Crime Prevention

Part II: Primary Crime Prevention: Focus on the Social and Physical Environments
Chapter 5: Economic and Employment Strategies
Poverty and Crime

Employment and Crime

Reducing Poverty and Promoting Stable Employment

Chapter 6: Community and Neighborhood Approaches
Community Risk Factors for Crime

Early Community Crime Prevention Approaches

Contemporary Community Crime Prevention Approaches

Community Crime Prevention and Substance Abuse

Difficulties with Community Crime Prevention

Chapter 7: Situational Crime Prevention
Situational Crime Prevention: Background

Theoretical Background: Routine Activities and Rational Choice Theory

Situational Crime Prevention: The Basics

Situational Crime Prevention: Evidence

Situational Crime Prevention: Critiques

Preventing Gun Violence

Part III: Secondary Crime Prevention: Focus on Families, Schools, and Peers
Chapter 8: Parents, Children, and Families
Parenting and Child Outcomes

Parenting Programs and Crime Prevention

Early Childhood and Family Programs

How Do Parent/Family Programs Work?

Preventing Family Violence

Chapter 9: Schools and Crime Prevention
Schools and Risk Factors for Crime

Preventing Crime in the School

Crime Prevention Programs in Schools: Developmental Approaches

Chapter 10: Peers, Gangs, and Youth Crime
Youth Crime: Facts and Figures

Peers and Youth Crime

Gangs and Crime

Part IV: Tertiary Crime Prevention: Focus on Criminal Justice
Chapter 11: Policing and Crime Prevention
History of Policing

Deterrence Theory and Policing

What Does Not Work?

What Seems to Work?

Controversies in Police Crime Prevention

Chapter 12: Prisons and Crime Prevention
Prisons: A Brief History

From We Think It Works, To Nothing Works, To What Works

What Works in Prison Corrections?

Experiences in Prison and Recidivism

Chapter 13: Community Corrections: Probation, Parole, and Reentry
Understanding Probation and Parole

Probation and Crime Prevention

Parole and Crime Prevention

Part V: Conclusion: Final Thoughts on Crime Prevention
Chapter 14: Epilogue: The Promise and Challenge of Crime Prevention
What Have You Learned?

Lessons from Canada and Western Europe

The Future of Crime Prevention in the United States


I am delighted to welcome this extremely informative, clearly-written and wide-ranging textbook on crime prevention. Commendably, it emphasizes a public health approach and reviews the theoretical and empirical bases of prevention programs. It reviews primary prevention (including employment, community, and situational programs), secondary prevention (including family, school, peer, and gang programs), and tertiary prevention (including police, prison, parole, and probation programs). I can confidently recommend that students and others who are interested in  crime prevention will learn a great deal from this book, as I did.

David P. Farrington
Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University

In Crime Prevention: Programs, Policies and Practices, Barkan and Rocque have written the definitive textbook on the prevention of crime in contemporary society. Blending the latest scholarship, real-world examples of research for policy change, and top-notch analysis, this book provides an in-depth education on what it means and what it takes to prevent crime.

Brandon C. Welsh
Professor of Criminology at Northeastern University and Director of the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study

This text is a well-rounded exploration of crime prevention theory and programming. I enjoyed reading this book as an instructor and I anticipate students will also enjoy it.

Wendy Perkins
Marshall University

Crime Prevention is an excellent compendium of selections by many of the major topics in the discipline.  It covers a variety of theories and practices from traditional ones to up-to-date! . . . Easy-to-follow for everyone even if someone does not have any connection to crime prevention.

YongJei Lee
University of Colorado

 I have colleagues who teach this course as well and I would simply say “It’s Stephen Lab’s book without the unnecessary filler and with up to date research and examples.” That is truly what it is. I would hope that the author[s] would take that as a compliment, because he just surpassed (in my opinion) the hands down best crime prevention text on the market.

Keith Bell
West Liberty University

This crime prevention text thoroughly and evenly offers students crime prevention theory, strategies, and research in a useful, informative manner. . . Strong theory presentation. Strong research support. Balanced in a fair way.

John Hazy
Youngstown State University

The Barkan [and Rocque] text is a crime prevention text providing an overview of explanatory research and associated policy in a variety of areas consistently discussed in an undergraduate crime prevention and policy-related text.

Philip McCormack
Fitchburg State University

The Barkan [and Rocque] text is a crime prevention text providing an overview of explanatory research and associated policy in a variety of areas consistently discussed in an undergraduate crime prevention and policy-related text.

Philip McCormack
Fitchburg State University

This book includes critical information for my Critical Issues course.

Mr Steven Dyer
Arts Sciences Division, Thomas College
August 24, 2021
Key features

      Learning questions begin each chapter to highlight important elements of the chapter.

      Selected tables in certain chapters summarize a chapter’s theoretical or programmatic discussion.

      Each chapter ends with a conclusion, summary, and list of key terms.

      Each chapter includes an extensive list of references that readers may consult for further information.

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