Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Consumption Control in the United States

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Matthew B. Robinson Ph.D., Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: CPTED theory, research and practice are frequently held to be relatively recentdevelopments in the field of American criminology, generated largely by the works of Oscar Newman (1972) and C. Ray Jeffery (1971). This view of CPTED and its development in theUnited States falls short of providing an adequate understanding of the vital part that it has played, and can play, in the advancement of crime prevention theory and public policy. CPTED is actually broader than as it is currently understood in the discipline of criminology. This is demonstrated through an examination of the ‘era of consumption’ (that is, the time periodroughly from the early 1800s to early 1900s where the disease later referred to as tuberculosis waswidespread in the US); during this time period, efforts to control the spread of illness wereachieved through CPTED strategies which preceded the academic writings of those considered tobe the founders of CPTED. Our main goal is to increase the understanding of and appreciationfor the vital role that CPTED has played in the history of crime prevention in the United States.Finally, implications are discussed for the prevention of tuberculosis today, as well as HIVinfection and AIDS.

Additional Information

del Carmen, Alejandro, and Matthew B. Robinson (2000). Crime prevention through environmental design and consumption control in the United States, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 39, 3: 267-289.
Language: English
Date: 2000

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