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In the social sciences generally, and specifically in criminology, we are often

In the social sciences generally, and specifically in criminology, we are often

In the social sciences generally, and specifically in criminology, we are often interested in identifying “policy implications.”‘ That is, after developing or learning about a theory, and after conducting or reading about research, one of the first questions we ask is “based on this information, what kinds of policies, programs, or laws should we recommend in order to improve the situation?” One shortcoming of much research on communities and crime is that there are so few clear, practical recommendations for policies and programs that we might implement in order to reduce crime in neighborhoods, or to reduce the negative impact that neighborhoods have on individual delinquency and offending.
For this week’s discussion posting, I want you to come up with a neighborhood-based program for reducing crime that you would recommend based directly on this week’s readings. Describe the program, but more importantly, explain why you would recommend it based on these readings. The program should be something we could actually do, and it cannot be something vague like “reduce poverty.” You must be specific about what the program would entail, and most importantly, why you think it would be effective based on this week’s readings. Note that the book chapters identify several theories–including several variations of social disorganization theory.
Be clear about which theory (or theories) support the policy implication that you suggest. Finally, this course is about communities and crime, so be sure that you suggest a neighborhood-based program or policy, not something that is solely about individuals.
Other than that, the options are completely open. Be creative, but also be sure to draw explicitly on (and cite) the readings to support your arguments. Have a great week!
Book for reference page:
Communities and Crime: An Enduring American Challenge. 2017. Wilcox, Pamela, Francis T. Cullen, Ben Feldmeyer. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN: 9781592139743

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