Prevention Programs That Work: An Answer to “Scared Straight”

Posted: January 19, 2011 in At-risk kids, Crime Prevention, Education, Juvenile Justice
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Here are two excellent sites that give concrete rebuttals to the whole “Scared Straight” approach to preventing kids from getting involved in crime. The idea of scaring kids out of trouble has popped up again because of the series on A&E. As I mentioned in a previous post on “Scared Straight,”  instead of teaching young people to stay away from crime it actually may increase they’re attraction to it. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice addresses this issue in a report that shows some of the data that has been collected on the program’s effectiveness. Likewise, the Coalition in an article entitled “Beyond ‘Scared Straight’ “ presents a counter approach to this “cowboy” “rough and tumble” technique of crime prevention .


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