HOW WE REALLY GOT IT WRONG: Understanding the failure of crime prevention
In the previous issue of the SA Crime Quarterly, Antony Altbeker argued that the countryâ€™s decision after 1994 to â€˜place the prevention of crime at the centre of the strategic vision for the criminal justice systemâ€™ undermined the building of an effective criminal justice system and may have led to the countryâ€™s high crime levels. In response to Altbekerâ€™s article which is based on his new book A country at war with itself. South Africaâ€™s crisis of crime (published by Jonathan Ball), this article explains why his arguments leave one both disappointed and despairing.
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