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

Author: Peter W Greenwood; University of California, Berkeley.; James Irvine Foundation.; Criminal Justice Program (Rand Corporation)
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 1998.
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In combating crime in America, little attention has been paid to keeping children from becoming criminals. What benefit might be realized from such an approach, and at what cost? Working from limited data on program efficacy and on criminal careers, the authors of this report made rough estimates of the costs and benefits of four early interventions--prenatal home visits by child care professionals, followed by four  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Diverting children from a life of crime.
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 1998
(DLC) 98167055
(OCoLC)39538944
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter W Greenwood; University of California, Berkeley.; James Irvine Foundation.; Criminal Justice Program (Rand Corporation)
ISBN: 0585353301 9780585353302 0833026232 9780833026231 9780833048486 0833048481
OCLC Number: 47008458
Notes: "RAND Criminal Justice."
Research that originated in an invitation to make a presentation at a seminar held Oakland, Calif., May 19, 1995.
"MR-699-1-UCB/RC/IF"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 69 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Peter W. Greenwood [and others] ; prepared for the University of California, Berkeley, and the James Irvine Foundation.

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In combating crime in America, little attention has been paid to keeping children from becoming criminals. What benefit might be realized from such an approach, and at what cost? Working from limited data on program efficacy and on criminal careers, the authors of this report made rough estimates of the costs and benefits of four early interventions--prenatal home visits by child care professionals, followed by four years of day care; training for parents with young children who have shown aggressive behavior; incentives to induce disadvantaged high-school students to graduate; and monitoring and supervising young delinquents. All except the first appeared to be at least as cost-effective as a popular but very different approach to crime reduction--California's "three-strikes" law. The advantages of parent training and graduation incentives in particular are so large that some advantage is likely to be found even under assumptions differing substantially from those made here. This report updates information contained in MR-699-UCB/RC/IF, published in 1996.

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