Preventing Crime

What Works for Children, Offenders, Victims and Places

  • Brandon C. Welsh
  • David P. Farrington

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. What Works for Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Brandon C. Welsh, David P. Farrington
      Pages 1-17
    3. Odette Bernazzani, Richard E. Tremblay
      Pages 21-32
    4. Friedrich Lösel, Andreas Beelmann
      Pages 33-54
  3. What Works for Offenders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Mark W. Lipsey, Nana A. Landenberger
      Pages 57-71
    3. David B. Wilson, Doris Layton MacKenzie
      Pages 73-86
    4. Anthony Petrosino, Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, John Buehler
      Pages 87-101
    5. Ojmarrh Mitchell, Doris Layton MacKenzie, David B. Wilson
      Pages 103-116
    6. Cynthia McDougall, Mark A. Cohen, Amanda Perry, Raymond Swaray
      Pages 117-127
  4. What Works for Victims

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Lynette Feder, David B. Wilson
      Pages 131-145
    3. Heather Strang, Lawrence W. Sherman
      Pages 147-160
    4. Graham Farrell, Ken Pease
      Pages 161-176
  5. What Works for Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Anthony A. Braga
      Pages 179-192
    3. Brandon C. Welsh, David P. Farrington
      Pages 193-208
    4. Brandon C. Welsh, David P. Farrington
      Pages 209-224
  6. Policy Choices for A Safer Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Brandon C. Welsh, David P. Farrington
      Pages 227-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-243

About this book


Crime prevention should be rational and should be based on the best possible evidence. Decision-makers should weigh heavily any available evidence on what works best. How can a program that has produced no discernable evidence of effectiveness, as shown through numerous evaluations, be considered for implementation? Unfortunately, this happens all the time. Evidence-based crime prevention attempts to overcome this and other obstacles by ensuring that the best available evidence is considered in any decision to implement a program designed to prevent crime. This book is about evidence-based crime prevention.

A project of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group, Preventing Crime brings together the leading scientific evidence on what works best for a wide range of interventions organized around four important domains in criminology: at-risk children, offenders, victims, and places. It is the first book to assess the effectiveness of criminological interventions using the most rigorous review methodology of the systematic review. It is an indispensable guide to the leading scientific evidence on what works best to prevent crime.


Crime crime prevention criminology violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Brandon C. Welsh
    • 1
  • David P. Farrington
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

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