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Diverting children from a life of crime : measuring costs and benefits

Author: Peter W Greenwood
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 1996.
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Diverting Children from a Life of Crime is the first book to rigorously compare the costs and effectiveness of various early-intervention approaches with each other and with incarceration. The author examines four such programs: home visits by child care professionals to provide guidance in infant and child care; parent training and therapy for families with primary-school-age children who have shown aggressive  Read more...
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Diverting children from a life of crime.
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 1996
(OCoLC)605136598
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter W Greenwood
ISBN: 0833023837 9780833023834
OCLC Number: 34745922
Notes: "MR-699-UCB/RC/IF"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xvii, 69 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Peter W. Greenwood [and others].

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Diverting Children from a Life of Crime is the first book to rigorously compare the costs and effectiveness of various early-intervention approaches with each other and with incarceration. The author examines four such programs: home visits by child care professionals to provide guidance in infant and child care; parent training and therapy for families with primary-school-age children who have shown aggressive behavior; cash and other incentives to induce disadvantaged high school students to graduate; and monitoring and supervision of high-school-age youth who have already exhibited delinquent behavior. The authors assess the cost-effectiveness of each program and find that graduation incentives might reduce crime by 15% and that other interventions could reduce crime by smaller but significant amounts.

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