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Sherman, Lawrence W.

Works: 173 works in 382 publications in 2 languages and 8,698 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, htt, Other, Contributor, Compiler
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Lawrence W Sherman
Evidence-based crime prevention by Lawrence W Sherman( )

34 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reviewing more than 600 scientific evaluations of programs intended to prevent crime in settings such as families, schools, labor markets, places and communities, this book grades programs on their validity using "the scientific methods scale." This collection, which brings together contributions from leading researchers in the field of crime prevention, will provide policymakers, researchers and community leaders with an understandable source of information about what works, what does not work and what is promising in preventing crime."--BOOK JACKET
Preventing crime : what works, what doesn't, what's promising : a report to the United States Congress( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics covered include gang prevention, school based family services, community support, family violence, vocational training, electronic monitoring, drug treatment, environmental design, community policing, problem-oriented policing, police patrol and intensive supervision programs
Scandal and reform : controlling police corruption by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2021 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a study of four police departments in which both honest police officers and citizens were victimized by police corruption. Explores the methods which were used such as surveillance and other covert techniques in order to successfully reform the departments. The cities involved were New York City, Oakland Calif., Newburgh, N.Y.; and a pseudonym for a Midwestern City called Central City in this report
The Kansas City gun experiment by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Policing domestic violence : experiments and dilemmas by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written for criminal justice personnel, elected officials, victims' rights advocates, policy analysts, and scholars, this volume analyzes the findings and policy implications of a multi-year Federal research program to repeat the 1984 Minneapolis Domestic Violence Experiment, the first controlled test of the effects of arrest on recidivism. The experiment was undertaken to analyze the effects of police responses to misdemeanor domestic violence. It was based on the assumption that the main goal of police intervention is to reduce the risk of repeat violence by the suspect against the same victim in the future. The results revealed that arrest was more effective in accomplishing this goal than was mediation or sending the suspect out of the home for the night. The experiment was repeated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Miami, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Findings revealed that arrest deters selectively. Thus, it effectively inhibits some offenders, but it incites more violence in others. It may also deter batterers for a month or so, only to make them more violent later. Its effects are also related to the victim's socioeconomic status. Findings indicated the need to replace mandatory arrest policies with policies that provide more options and that reflect the findings of recent research
The quality of police education by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The findings of a two-year national study on the problems of U.S. police education are examined in this report of a commission whose members were noted educators, police administrators, and public officials. The following recommendations are among those offered: (1) the majority of federal funds for police higher education should go to programs with broad curricula and well-educated faculty rather than to narrowly technical programs; (2) no college credit should be granted for attending police agency training programs; (3) community colleges should phase out their terminal two-year degree programs in police education; (4) colleges should employ primarily full-time police education teaching staffs, seeking faculty members with Ph. D.s in arts and sciences disciplines; (5) prior criminal justice employment should be neither a requirement nor a handicap in faculty selection; (6) government policies at all levels should encourage educating police officers before they begin their careers. The book examines what subjects should be taught for police careers, who should teach them, who should study them, how colleges should use police education programs, and how police personnel policies should take such programs into account. It also analyzes conflicting views on the impact of higher education for police on individual students and on the overall performance of the police, and offers suggestions for upgrading the quality and making better use of higher education programs. Summaries of consultant reports and lists of participants in the regional public forums are appended. (Lbh)
Police corruption; a sociological perspective by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

9 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Police and violence( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Articles in this volume discuss efforts by the police to reduce violence in society and the problem of the use of violence by and against the police. The introductory article notes that when police attempt to stop violence, they must often be violent themselves. One paper demonstrates the personal and institutional consequences of the moral dilemmas involved in police work; when police use 'dirty' means to achieve good ends they may lose their sense of moral proportion. Empirical evidence of violence against police is presented. For example, the first systematic analysis of the circumstances surrounding police killings is discussed, and the myth that many officers are killed in family fights is deflated. The practice of arming off-duty police officers is criticized by another contributor as harmful to both police officers and citizens. Ways in which police behavior might be changed to reduce injuries to citizens are suggested in two papers which show how prior decisions can constrain the options an officer has by the time a confrontation develops. Also discussed are police shootings at minorities in Los Angeles. Many contributors point to the need for more research, especially concerning violence against the police. Scarcity of basic data accounts for lack of practical solutions to the problems of violence and police. Footnotes, case studies, and statistical data are included
Costs and benefits of preventing crime by Brandon Welsh( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 10 articles in this book report on, and assess, the present state of knowledge about the monetary costs and benefits of crime prevention programs
Controlling police corruption : the effects of reform policies, summary report by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Misleading evidence and evidence-led policy : making social science more experimental by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increasing numbers of social scientists and government agencies are calling for an evidence-based approach to determine which social programs work and which ones don't. The contributors to this book argue that one of the primary sources of this evidence should be by the use of randomized experiments. While more than one million clinical trials in medicine have been conducted since the 1940s, only about 10,000 have been conducted to evaluate whether social programs achieve their intended effects. Not only is this level of investment in research insufficient, the research that is conducted is often flawed. Controlled trials -- which are seldom used in the social sciences -- are far better at producing reliable evidence than are other observational methods, while econometric and statistical techniques that seek to correct for bias fall short of their promise. The volume demonstrates that alternative methods generate different (and often substantially wrong) estimates of program effects and that some non-experimental research designs actually mislead policy makers and practitioners into supporting programs that don't work, while ignoring others that do
Preventing crime : what works, what doesn't, what's promising by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Research in Brief describes the scientific methodologies used to perform a review of crime prevention programs and then discusses what research has shown to work, what it has shown not to work, and what approaches seem promising for crime prevention. The first step was to identify and review reports evaluating the effectiveness of crime prevention programs, looking for evidence about program impact. The Maryland Scale of Scientific Methods was developed to rank studies on overall internal validity, and it was used to rank the studies examined. Strong research support for the efficacy of the following programs was found: (1) home visits for infants by nurses and other professionals; (2) preschool classes with weekly home visits by preschool teachers; (3) family therapy and parent training for delinquent and at-risk preadolescents; (4) organization development for innovation in schools; (5) communication and reinforcement of clear and consistent norms in schools; (6) teaching social competency; (7) coaching high-risk youth in thinking skills; (8) vocational training for older male offenders; (8) nuisance abatement action on landlords; (9) extra police patrols; (10) monitoring and incarceration of repeat offenders; (11) on-scene arrests for domestic abuse; (12) rehabilitation programs with risk-focused treatments; and (13) therapeutic community treatment programs for drug users in prison. Other approaches have been identified that do not work, including such common techniques as individual and peer counseling of students, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, and some school-based leisure time enrichment programs. Programs that are seen as promising, especially in schools, include training in thinking skills and improved classroom management and instructional techniques. (Contains 1 exhibit and 145 references.) (SLD)
The use and usefulness of the social sciences : achievements, disappointments, and promise( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Team policing: seven case studies by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

4 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report provides an examination of team policing approaches in seven cities, analyzing problems experienced in planning, implementation, and evaluation. The concept of team policing is generally intended to strike a new balance between the needs for police centralization for efficiency and community needs for police decentralization in order to increase responsiveness to the problems of citizens. In theory, team policing calls for reorganization of the patrol force to include one or more quasi-autonomous teams, with a joint purpose of improving total police services to a particular neighborhood and increasing job satisfaction of the patrol officers. This study examines team policing as it was experienced in seven cities -- Holyoke, Massachusetts, Richmond, California, Dayton, Syracuse, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York City. Some preliminary indications are given of why team policing has worked better in some cities than in others. The reports, which are subjective accounts by eye-witness researchers, contain a brief background of the city and the department and a description of that particular team program, pinpointing individual successes and shortcomings
Ethics in criminal justice education by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foresight( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea of foresight is as old as recorded societies, as controversial as climate change, as interesting as a murder mystery, and as useful as an umbrella. It is a siren tempting journalists to dash themselves on the rocks of prediction, a competitive sport in which winners may claim high fees for their success-or even failure. Yet the greatest value of foresight is to change our futures, not just to predict them. Foresight embraces more than disengaged claims about what will happen; it can also engage lines of action in which foresight itself causes what happens next-either to confirm its prediction or avoid it"--
Neighborhood safety by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Repeat offenders by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domestic violence by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neighborhood safety : a study guide by Lawrence W Sherman( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Evidence-based crime prevention
Scandal and reform : controlling police corruptionCosts and benefits of preventing crimeMisleading evidence and evidence-led policy : making social science more experimentalThe use and usefulness of the social sciences : achievements, disappointments, and promiseForesight
Alternative Names
Lawrence Sherman

Lawrence W. Sherman amerikansk kriminolog

Lawrence W. Sherman US-amerikanischer Kriminologe und Hochschullehrer

Sherman, Lawrence.

Sherman, Lawrence 1949-

لورانس دبليو. شيرمان

シャーマン, ローレンス・W.


English (146)

Japanese (1)