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CJS 620 Reducing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising?

This course examines different strategies to reduce crime used in communities, families, schools, labor markets, places, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. These strategies are critically examined in relation to social science theory and what the scientific evidence suggests about the effectiveness of crime prevention and intervention efforts. A key focus is whether communities can reduce violence and ensure the health and security of their residents without depending on police.
2 Graduate credits

Effective May 4, 2021 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Apply social science theories to understanding the causes of crime
  • Examine what works to reduce crime and why
  • Identify evidence-based crime prevention and intervention practices/programs
  • Analyze crime data
  • Demonstrate and improve critical thinking and communication skills.