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Chapter 12 Power Point

  1. 1. Crime Control in America 2nd Edition What Works? Chapter 12 Individual, Family, and Household Crime Control Presented by: Kevin Thompson & Shirley McMillan Embry
  2. 2. Over View of Chapter Part 1  Government May Still Be Involved  Individual Crime Control -Guns and Personal Defense -Measuring Gun Prevalence -How often are guns used in Self-Defense? -Aggregate Research -Anecdotal Accounts -Armed Resistance and Crime Completion -Armed Resistance and Victim Injury -Do Criminals Care? -Compensating Risk and Offsetting Behavior -Guns and Accidental Deaths -Comparing the United States to other Nations -A Gun in Every Home?  Risk Avoidance Behaviors -Characteristics of Victims -A Simple Explanation and a Complex Solution -Risk Avoidance Effectiveness: Further Complications -Risk Management Behaviors -Self Defense Training -Forceful Resistance -Non forceful Resistance -Vigilantism? The Minuteman Project and Illegal Immigration
  3. 3. Part 2  Household and Family Crime Control -The Aim of Crime Control in Households and in Families -How Families Influence Delinquency and Youth Victimization -Varieties of Crime Control in Households and Families -Parent Training and Education -Family Preservation Therapy -Multi systematic Therapy -Financial Assistance to Families
  4. 4. Ms. Shirley's Chapter Definitions  Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)- Published in 1983, DeFronzo found that AFDC payments adjusted for cost of living, had significant negative effects on homicide, rape, and burglary rates.  Compensating Risks- Offsetting the behavior of risk.  Family Preservation Therapy- FPT is sometimes pursued when there is evidence of child abuse and /or neglect in a home that is characterized by parental conflict. This type of therapy is to help prevent future negative actions of the child.  Multisystemic Therapy (MST)- It is a reactive method of dealing with crime and delinquency after FPT and Parent Training have shown no success.  Offsetting Behavior- Compensating risk behavior.  Risk-Avoidance Behavior- Actions that people take to avoid being victimized or coming face to face with criminals.  Risk-Management Behaviors- Include actions that people take when they know that they cannot fully avoid the potential for victimization.  Strengthening Families Program (SFP)- Started in 1983, this is a drug abuse program for high-risk drug using parents to educate them in appropriate parenting skills.
  5. 5. How Much Power Should We Give ‘Big Brother’?  Some researchers have found an inverse relationship between welfare expenditures and crime, leading them to conclude that more welfare money to families will reduce any need to commit crime to obtain basic necessities.  Individual actions rely on virtually no governmental intervention. But family and household crime control tend to rely heavily on funding by governmental organizations.  Former NRA Spokesmen Charlton Hesston believed that having gun ownership among private citizens would prevent potential home invasions among private citizens. To much power or not enough power in the hands of the government or private citizens should not be the issue but the safety and security of our homes should be the issue at hand.
  6. 6. Are Guns Used More By Civilians for Self Defense Or For Intimidation?  A survey completed by three professors at Harvard University came up with this information. OBJECTIVES  To determine the relative incidence of gun victimization versus self-defense gun use by civilians in the United States, as well as the circumstances and probable legality of the self-defense uses. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS  Two national, random-digit dial-telephone surveys of the adult population were conducted in 1996 and 1999, respectively. These Harvard surveys appear unique among private surveys for asking both open-ended questions about defensive gun use incidents and detailed questions about gun victimization and self-defense gun use. Five criminal court judges were asked to rate the probable legality of the self-reported defensive gun uses.
  7. 7. Are Guns Used More By Civilians for Self Defense Or For Intimidation? Continued RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS  Even after many of the firearm victimization reports were excluded, the data show that more survey respondents report having been threatened or intimidated with a gun than having used a gun for self-protection. Most judges rated the reported self-defense gun uses as probably illegal in most cases, even assuming that the respondent had a permit to own and carry the gun and that the respondent had described the event honestly.Guns are used to threaten and intimidate more often than they are used in self-defense. Most self-reported self-defense gun uses may be illegal and against the interests of society.  Information Provided by Professors D. Hemenway, D. Azrael, and M. Miller of Harvard University in Boston Mass.
  8. 8. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gun Rights  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=738WY-MRb
  9. 9. Guns and Personal Defense  “If someone breaks into my house, I’m going to shoot them. Nobody’s going to threaten my family without facing the consequences”. Unknown DO YOU AGREE?
  10. 10. Measuring Gun Prevalence  The United States has no central registry of guns that are in private hands.  In 1999, the General Social Survey, revealed that 36 percent of household reported ownership of at least one gun.  The General Social Survey can not be 100 percent accurate.  According to John Worral the best way to measure gun ownership is by the number of gun related suicides.
  11. 11. It’s Not True If You Don’t Have Research TO Back It Up. “A GUN RICH COMMUNITY PORVIDES MORE LUCRATIVE BURGLARY OPPORTUNITIES THAN ONE IN WHICH GUNS ARE MORE SPARSE.”  Mark Duggan used subscriptions to Guns and Ammo magazine as his estimate of gun prevalence, he found that burglaries increased in areas with high levels of gun ownership.  An increase in gun prevalence causes an intensification of criminal violence- a shift towards greater lethality, and hence greater harm to the community.
  12. 12. National Crime Victimization Survey Armed Resistance and Crime Completion  In 1994 a telephone survey was conducted by Datastat and found that in the previous 12 month period there were 500,000 instances of gun use in self defense.  In more recent years they have found 3.6 million instances of gun use in self defense.  The National Crime Victimization Survey tells a different story… this survey is conducted by the Census Bureau every six months.  It has found estimates that there were only 32,000 “gun instances” per year from 1979 through 1987.  According to another study there was roughly 1 million burglaries per year between 1979 and 1987. This means that half of those burglaries guns were used.  The NCVS also states that only one in thirty burglaries did victims attempt to interrupt the crime.
  13. 13. …Continued  Reasons these surveys may not have 100 percent accurate data is because of- - A person might fend off a trespasser with a gun but because criminal trespassing is not measure in the NCVS, this type of of gun use would never be reported. - If a person prevents a crime by using a gun, then the prevented crime would not be reported in the NCVS because it did not technically occur. - People may want to conceal gun use from these governmental employees who conduct these surveys.
  14. 14. Do They Wear Their Heart on Their Sleeve Like A Bruise Or Black Eye? Do Criminals Really Care?  In 1982, 1,823 state prisoners were surveyed and 74 percent of the respondents agreed that “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot.”  One inmate stated that “A gun is money with a trigger.”
  15. 15. Risk Avoidance Behavior and Risk Management Behaviors What are some types of ways to prevent risk and becoming a victim yourself?
  16. 16. Vigilantism? The Minute Man Project and Illegal Immigration.  The Minuteman Project is considered to be a vigilance operation.  Volunteer duties include- -500 percent increase in Boarder Patrol funding. -200 percent increase in funding for Boarder Patrol agents to acquire technologies to further their mission. -A minimum of $50,000 in fines against businesses that employ illegal aliens. -Deployment of military reserve units and the National Guard to aid police officials near the U.S- Mexico border and the Border Patrol. -A Corps of Engineers- constructed fence that would span the entire southern boarder from east to west.
  17. 17. DOES IT WORK? “Using a gun in self defense is taking the law into one’s own hands.” John l. Worrall
  18. 18. Household and Family Crime Control
  19. 19. Crime In The Public Is Hard to Control But How Do You Control Crime Behind Closed Doors?  “Crime control in households and in families is relatively popular but difficult to evaluate. This is so for at least three reasons”. (P 258)  Reason One- First Consider the example of a program that is designed to educate parents about the wrongs of child abuse. Do the parents consider their actions as child abuse?  Reason Two- Crime control in households and families can be confounded by contextual factors, such as the neighborhood in which a family is located.  Reason Three- Criminal activity in private residences is inherently difficult to measure.
  20. 20. Thoughts To Previous Slide -class thoughts-  To the extent that such abuse occurs, its effects on children will take a great deal of time to measure. This is because what happens during a child’s early years can affect delinquency decades later.  As one researcher put it, “clinic based parent training for parents of aggressive elementary school children may work in all neighborhoods in Oregon, nut not in many neighborhoods in Chicago.  The central problems are low completion rates of personal interviews with victims of family crimes who have been treated, low or inconsistent reporting rates of subsequent crimes to police and unwillingness to disclose crimes committed in the family during interviews in the home while other family members are present.
  21. 21. Class Room Exercise  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8DilRTRoFc  This is a digital recording of a 911 telephone call made by a child about the abuse taking place in his home.  Warning! This recording is graphic and if you feel this may make you uncomfortable please take a break and return in a few minutes.  During this exercise please write down your thoughts and feelings about what you encounter. At the end please discuss your thoughts and feelings please.
  22. 22. Crime Runs In Families  63 percent of boys with fathers with criminal convictions had convictions of their own compared to 30 percent of boys who did not have ‘crime run’ fathers.  In one recent study, the researchers concluded that domestic violence during the first six months of child rearing significantly linked to child physical abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect, up to the child’s fifth year.
  23. 23. How Families Influence Delinquency and Youth Victimization  Not only can family behavior lead children to act inappropriately as they age, but family types and contexts apart from parental behavior and neglect. This can also influence the probability of children themselves becoming victims in the home.  Divorce plays a factor! Youth in a single parent families experience significantly higher risks for violence than youth in two parent families  Families may be more important than communities when it comes to predicating victimization of children.  Children who are born into large families are at a high risk of delinquency. Our government can do little to keep people married and family sizes small.
  24. 24. Sally Rypkema Ph.D Guest Speaker
  25. 25. Cheryl Williams - Hecksal Guest Speaker
  26. 26. Varieties of Crime Control in Households and Families  Parent training and education programs.  Research on family preservation therapy programs will be summarized.  Multi-systematic therapy (for families with delinquent juveniles).  Family financial assistance (welfare programs?).
  27. 27. Strengthening Families Program An Interesting Tid Bit  Started in 1983.  Is a program for high risk, drug using parents to educate them in appropriate parenting skills.  Figure 12.6 and 12.7 on pages 261 - 262 present an overview of the program.  Parent training and education occur in at least 5 forms. - One method of such training and education consists of home visits by trained professionals- generally during the prenatal period.
  28. 28. Elmira - New York  To improve the outcomes of pregnancy.  To improve the quality of care that parents provide to their children (and their children’s subsequent health and development).  To improve the women’s own personal life course development (completing their education, finding work, and planning future pregnancies).
  29. 29. Perry Preschool Project  Established in 1962 in Ypsilanti.  Targeted poor African American children and their parents.  The children participated in a Head Start program that taught them how to use thinking and reasoning skills.  The project showed positive results in the children that had participated- nearly all children had improved to a degree that officials made assumptions that these children would not become delinquent juveniles.
  30. 30. Family Preservation Therapy  John Bowlby theorized more than fifty years ago that children from broken homes are more likely to grow up to be delinquent juveniles and potentially unruly adults.  Children who experience the divorce of their parents within the first five years are twice as likely to be convicted for a criminal conviction compared to happily married families.
  31. 31. What About Divorce Predicts Delinquency In Children ? David Farrington believes this to be the answer… “Trauma theories suggest that the loss of a parent has a damaging effect on a child, most commonly because of the effect on attachment to the parent. Life course theories focus on separation as a sequence of stressful experiences and on the effects of multiple stressors such as parental conflict, parental loss, reduced economic circumstances, changes in parent figures, and poor child rearing methods. Selection theories argue that disrupted families produce delinquent children because of pre existing differences from other families in risk factors such as parental conflicts, criminal or antisocial parents, low income families, or poor child rearing methods.”
  32. 32. Financial Assistance to Families  Many families lack sufficient resources and therefore might become involved in criminal activity to obtain basic necessities.  A common sentiment that many Americans express is that welfare threatens individual responsibility and contributes to an attitude among its recipients that entitlements are due to them.  DeFronzo found that Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC) payments, adjusted cost of living and had significant negative effects on homicide, rape, and burglary rates.
  33. 33. Does It Work?  A wealth of research suggest that parent training and education can favorably influence child behavior, mostly when it contains an in home dimension.  Multisystemic therapy for families with delinquent juveniles appears to be effective.  Increased welfare spending might be associated with a reduction in crime, but it is unclear whether, at the level of individual families, such assistance improves people’s conditions.  Family preservation therapy does not appear to do much to help children who are being raised in broken homes.
  34. 34. Questions…  Are we as individuals unable or unwilling to do what it takes to control crime? Is it best that government control crime instead of individuals?  Professionals state it is a proven fact that child abuse or “poor parental performance” is a large indicator to delinquency in our youth and puts them on to a track for criminal activity… is this a fair statement?  Does financial income or the lack of produce crime in neighborhoods?
  35. 35. Referenced Material  1.Kleck G, Gertz M. Armed resistance to crime: the prevalence and nature of self-defense with a gun. J Crim Law Criminol 1995;86: 150-187.  2.Cook PJ, Ludwig J. Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice; 1997.  3.Cook PJ, Ludwig J, Hemenway D. The gun debate's new mythical number: How many defensive uses per year? J Policy Analysis Manage 1997;16: 463-469.  4.Hemenway D, Azrael D, Miller M. Gun use in the United States: results from two national surveys. Inj Prev 2000;6: 263-267.  5.Cummings P, Koepsell TD. Does owning a firearm increase or decrease the risk of death? JAMA 1998;280: 471-473.  6.Cummings P. Should your neighbor buy a gun? Epidemiology 2000;11: 617-619.  7. Worral J. Crime Control in America “What Works” 2nd Ed. 2008; Pearson Ed.

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