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Irvin Waller: Smarter Crime Control: A Guide to a Safer Future for Citizens, Communities, and Politicians

Smarter Crime Control shows how to cut rates of murder, violence against women, traffic fatalities, and drug overdoses by 50%. It is a guide for citizens to understand the potential for safer communities at less cost to taxpayers. It explains the latest science to politicians so that they can choose to reduce violence and save taxes. In the United States, they would avoid $300 billion in harm to victims, while saving taxpayers $100 billion a year.

Specific chapters focus on how to retool policing and improve corrections so that they will stop crime and reduce re-offending. It calls for courts that prevent crime by solving problems. It uses an accumulation of scientific knowledge to show where to reinvest in families and youth in problem places to avoid chronic offending and violence on the streets. It points to actions to stop intimate and sexual violence against women. It shows how to cut the high number of victims of traffic crashes. It demonstrates fiscally responsible ways to achieve these milestones in community safety.

Political champions call for governments to get smart on crime. They no longer question the excesses of the war on drugs and mass incarceration. But Smarter Crime Control shows how to achieve even more impressive results – with a further 50% reduction in the harm to victims. It is also about fair and lean systems for safer communities – many fewer persons incarcerated unless prison is the only cost effective public safety option.

Read Smarter Crime Control to understand the future of crime policy in affluent democracies for the 21st century. See how its conclusions would make the United States the leader with the lowest rates of violent crime, the fairest systems of law enforcement, and the least waste of taxes on violent crime in the world.


“Waller does a good job distinguishing between crime control and prevention, and he does a GREAT job of laying out an agenda for action.”

– John L. Worrall, professor of criminology, University of Texas at Dallas

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