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September 20, 2013

In The News: Is it Time to Re-Evaluate American Crime Prevention Programs?

Virginia Tech, Columbine, the Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook.  News headlines have time and time again reflected the reality that acts of violence have become increasingly frequent in the U.S.A.  The latest making headlines is the mass shooting which took place at Washington’s navy yard on September 16, 2013. Despite having been discharged from the military and convicted of crimes in 2004 and 2010, Aaron Alexis was still provided a secure and clear path to the navy yard, raising many questions regarding security and crime prevention procedures.

Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, government funding was reallocated in order to implement measures that would tighten national security.  However, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, President Barack Obama endeavored to enact stricter gun control laws, but it failed to pass in the Senate.  Why has the emphasis placed on crime prevention tactics diminished since 2001? There may not be a definite answer.  To acquire more insight about the details that have affected America’s security measures take a look at “American Crime Prevention: Trends and New Frontiers” from The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 47.2 by Arnie M. Schuk where she evaluates the multiple factors that contributed to the decline in crime prevention measures.

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