Vorpal wrote:There are a couple of things about this...
1) I was not refering spcifically to crime prevention, but to avoiding the economic and social challenges that create an environment where crime is acceptable
2) Some of the crime prevention currently in place is not effective, and may, in fact, have the opposite effect because it presents choices as if the police, schools, and system are good, and crime is bad, where increasingly crimilaised youth can observe for themselves that is not necessarily so clear cut.
It's the law of unintended consequences. I remember reading that in 1997 New Labour wanted to address youth offending more effectively to try to identify problems quickly and intervene. It meant more children put through legal processes and the court system than before. But the idea of criminalising more children had not been the intention.