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CRJ 305 Crime Prevention paper






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Crime Prevention
CRJ 305

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Crime Prevention
“The ultimate goal of crime prevention is to reduce the risk of being a victim.” (SIU, par.
1) “Successful crime prevention efforts will promote a safer community by enhancing the
perception of safety and the attitudes and behaviors that help people feel safe.” (SIU, par. 3)
Reducing crime must be a community effort. It requires the work of not only law enforcement
but also the community itself. Crime prevention programs can be instituted, but until everyone
decides to work together on the effort, they can be futile. In this paper I will be discussing the
jurisdiction of Oklahoma City, the portion of the criminal justice system my proposal addresses,
an analysis of crime statistics in Tallahassee, Florida, San Francisco, California, and Cleveland,
Ohio, and how they compare to the national average, what the SARA model and the Problem
Analysis Triangle are, the crime prevention strategy I have chosen, my recommendations, and
my anticipated outcomes.
According to the Lectric Law Library it states that, “the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits
the deprivation of liberty or property without due process of law and the Sixth Amendment,
which is applicable to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,
guarantees a criminal defendant a fundamental right to be clearly informed of the nature and
cause of the charges against him” (Lectric, n.d) par. 1). The Fourth Amendment protects every
individual from being wronged by the police and the government. Every court in the United
States must always be fair to every individual without causing harm, or unfair trials and
sentences to be brought to the defendant. Due process is considered to be, “the idea that laws and
legal proceedings must be fair and the Constitution guarantees that the government cannot take
away a person's basic rights to 'life, liberty or property, without due process of law” (Lectric, n.d,
par. 1).

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The OJJDP had stated that, “in 1997 juveniles under age 18 were involved in 27% of all
serious violent victimizations, including 14% of sexual assaults, 30% of robberies, and 27% of
aggravated assaults” (OJJDP, 1997, par. 2). Juvenile and adult programs are available to those
individuals that find themselves placed into the criminal justice system. Some of the programs
available to the juveniles and the juveniles guardians are but are not limited to: Parent-Child
Interaction Training Program, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Education, Community
Involvement, and Boot camp.
These programs are set up to help the juveniles and their parents to gain a certain amount
of control over their child, and teach the child respect, discipline, and how to live a lifestyle
without committing crime or doing the things that takes them down the path of committing
crime. These programs are set up into place to deter juveniles and adults away from committing
criminal acts against society. Many programs have been put in place to help young people avoid
temptation and follow the right path. There are many indicators which indicate whether or not a
youth is likely to commit crime. The indicators are poverty, behavior problems, lack of
parenting, bad parental behavior, social ability, bad school grades, accessibility to drugs, and peer
pressure. If these behaviors are coupled together, the chance of criminal behavior increases. In
order to access all juveniles who could possibly be at risk, many programs were put into place
because of the variety of risks. These programs were put in place to steer young people in the
right direction.
There is always a reason as to why juveniles and adults commit crime, and these
programs help by understanding the problems that lead to these types of behavioral traits so that
the criminal justice system can fix these programs among society. There is a lot of crime that
takes place in Leon County Florida. According to the FDLE’s website, “Leon County’s property

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