In the wake of headline-grabbing mass murders and other controversial crimes, public officials and communities alike are searching for ways to best deal with crime - both minor and major. Here, Waller highlights best practices as shown by scores of studies, underscores the need for better preventions, and details the best innovations in the reduction of crime and violence of all kinds.
Irvin Waller is internationally renowned for helping policy makers use the best evidence to make communities safer from crime. He is a passionate speaker, Professor of Criminology, and President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance (in consultative status with ECOSOC). He has advised the governments of more than 50 countries in both the advanced and developing world. The government of Mexico recently recognized his significant contributions to violence prevention and victim rights in Latin America. He was a member of the National Criminal Justice Commission in the US (1996), the South African Minister of Safety and Security's Task Force (in the Mandela government) on Safety and Security (1997) and the Council of Canadian Academies Panel on Policing Canada in the 21st Century (2013). From 1980 to 1986, he was elected to the Board of the US National Organization for Victim Assistance. In 1982, he began persuading non-governmental organizations and governments around the world to support the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, which was adopted only three years later by the General Assembly of the UN with the active support of the US. He won awards in the USA and internationally for this achievement, The Declaration has become known as the magna carta for victim rights. In the 1990's, he won recognition from several advanced nations for his work to get investment in the prevention of violence, as the founding executive director of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime, affiliated with the UN. Waller lectures in English, French, and Spanish and is a prolific writer whose works are translated into many languages. He is the author of a trilogy of influential books that are shaping the world, including Less Law, More Order and Rights for Victims of Crimes. Smarter Crime Control. www.irvinwaller.org
Foreword Acknowledgments List of Figures List of Tables 1 Smart Public Safety: Giving Priority to Victims and Taxpayers Part I: Actions for Smart Crime Control 2 Policing: From Over-Reaction After the Fact to Stopping Crime Before it Harms 3 Justice: Courts that Stop Crime or Do Not Unnecessarily Interfere 4 Correcting Corrections: Away from Mass Incarceration and towards Stopping Crime Part II: Actions for Smart Pre-Crime Prevention 5 Preventing Youth from Becoming Repeat Offenders 6 Preventing Gun Violence 7 Preventing Violence Against Women 8 Preventing Road Crimes and Alcohol-related Violence 9 Preventing Property Crime Part III: An Agenda to Put Safety First for Victims and Taxpayers 10 Reinvesting in Smart Public Safety to Spare Victims and Lower Taxes Principal Sources Notes Index