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Civil Remedies and Crime Prevention

NCJ Number
L G Mazerolle, J Roehl
Date Published
350 pages
These 15 papers provide an overview and analyses of specific aspects of procedures and sanctions specified by civil statutes and regulations to prevent or reduce crime and incivilities by persuading or coercing non-offending third parties such as property owners and landlords or offending parties such as gangs and batterers to take certain actions.
The introduction and overview explores reasons behind the rapid development and acceptance of civil remedies for crime control purposes, examines linkages between civil remedy practices to theories underlying other crime prevention and crime control initiatives, outlines tactics, and describes the other papers. The other 14 papers explore social, legal, political, and theoretical issues raised in using civil remedies for crime control and crime prevention and the civil remedy programs designed to control drug law offenses and related drug problems. They also examine the roles that citizens and community organizations have taken in implementing civil remedies to prevent and resolve neighborhood crime and disorder problems, both alone and in collaboration with police, prosecutors, and other agencies. The final two papers address civil remedies in public housing settings, including the factors that influence evictions from public housing in the United States and the impact of civil remedy approaches in the United Kingdom. Figures, tables, and reference lists