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Criminology Class, Fall 1999

Lecture Notes on Exercise 5
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Latest update: October 29, 1999
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Exercise 5: Measuring Crime Prevention Effectiveness

The resources for this exercise are on the Web: Lawrence W. Sherman"s "THINKING ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION" from PREVENTING CRIME: WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN'T, WHAT'S PROMISING, from the report prepared for the National Institute of Justice for the Congress of the United States, July 1998.

  1. Jocelyn Pollock defines two approaches to measurement and knowledge of p.2 of Criminal Women: (1)positivism, or the scientific method of collecting data on the basis of a theory, testing the hypotheses, and drawing "objective" conclusions. (2)post-modernism, which suggests that there can be no truly "objective" position, since we are always reflected in the theories we hypothesize and the data we collect.

    Find a sentence in Sherman's Thinking About Crime Prevention" that tells you the overall approach of the University of Maryland in this study of what works in crime prevention, "positivism" or "postmodernism"? Cut and paste the sentence. Then tell us briefly which details led you to this conclusion.