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Decker, Scott H.

Works: 65 works in 264 publications in 2 languages and 15,317 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Handbooks and manuals  Interviews  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Composer, Publishing director
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Most widely held works by Scott H Decker
Burglars on the job : streetlife and residential break-ins by Richard T Wright( )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 1,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on extensive interviews with 105 active burglars in St. Louis, Missouri, Burglars on the Job presents offenders' perspectives on the process of burglarizing a residence. The authors, Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker, consider motivations for the decision to burglarize a dwelling, explore how and why the burglar selects targets, examine how the offender executes the break-in, discuss strategies for searching a residence, and detail the ways in which the burglar disposes of stolen goods. Unlike earlier studies of residential burglary, which collected data from a small number of offenders within a prison environment, this ground-breaking work examines a larger sample of unincarcerated burglars, all identified and contacted without the assistance of criminal justice agencies or authorities. As a result, Wright and Decker were able to obtain more honest and forthright responses from the offenders, and they were able to study the burglars' decision-making processes within the context of streetlife culture. The authors found the offenders' needs to support activities such as drinking and drug-taking often shape the decision to commit a residential break-in, and that burglars rarely consider risks or the threat of sanctions. Burglars on the Job concludes with an insightful discussion that considers the implications of the authors' findings for theories on criminal decision-making, crime prevention policy, and field research
Armed robbers in action : stickups and street culture by Richard Wright( )

15 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on no-holds-barred interviews with active armed robbers in St. Louis, Missouri, this groundbreaking volume sheds new light on the process of committing armed robbery
Drug smugglers on drug smuggling : lessons from the inside by Scott H Decker( )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling examines the organizational structures of drug smuggling from Colombia to the US. Career drug smugglers describe a series of often disconnected networks that enable smugglers to best organize their business in a way that will minimize the risks of apprhension and maximize profits
Criminology and public policy : putting theory to work by Scott H Decker( )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in English and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each chapter of this volume marshals the most urgent findings on a major topic in criminology to introduce new readers to the relevant academic theories with an emphasis on how those theories operate consequentially in the real world. The book bridges the theory and practice of criminal justice"--
International handbook of juvenile justice by J Junger-Tas( )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and German and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This ... reference work presents an ... analysis of juvenile justice systems across the world. The second edition of this Handbook has been updated with 13 new chapters, now covering a total of 34 countries, across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East from an international and comparative perspective ... [This book] reflects a collective concern about trends in juvenile justice over the past two decades, trends that have begun to blur the difference between criminal and juvenile justice. Also new to the second edition, each chapter is formatted to increase the comparative aspect of the book, highlighting: the legal status of juveniles; age of majority; the country's stance toward the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; trends in juvenile crime over the period 2004-2014; causes of juvenile crime; policing and juveniles; courts and juveniles; custodial rules for juveniles (detention, prison, mixing juveniles with adults); alternative sanctions for juveniles: home confinement, restorative justice, restitution, etc.; and differences in treatment of boys and girls. This ... work highlights similarities and differences between the various systems, and will be an important reference for researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly interested in juvenile delinquency and youth crime, as well as related disciplines like sociology, social work, and public policy."--
Life in the gang : family, friends and violence by Scott H Decker( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Confronting gangs : crime and community by G. David Curry( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most comprehensive and current textbook on gang research, gang policy, and gang responses, Confronting Gangs: crime and Community, offers a full and unbiased assessment of the characteristics of gang members and gang behavior
Responding to gangs : evaluation and research by Winifred L Reed( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of papers presents a representative selection of the National Institute of Justice's portfolio of gang-related research. The 10 papers are: (1) "a Decade of Gang Research: Findings of the National Institute of Justice Gang Portfolio" (Scott H. Decker); (2) "The Evolution of Street Gangs: An Examination of Form and Variation" (Deborah Lamm Weisel); (3) "Young Women in Street Gangs: Risk Factors, Delinquency, and Victimization Risk" (Jody Miller); (4) "Youth Gang Homicides in the United States in the 1990s" (Cheryl L. Maxson, G. David Curry, and James C. Howell); (5) "National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training [G.R.E.A.T.] Program" (Finn-Aage Esbensen, Adrienne Freng, Terrance J. Taylor, Dana Peterson, and D. Wayne Osgood); (6) "Evaluating Nevada's Antigang Legislation and Gang Prosecution Units" (Terance D. Miethe and Richard C. McCorkle); (7) "Evaluation of a Task Force Approach to Gangs" (Susan Pennell and Roni Melton); (8) "Gang Prevention Programs for Female Adolescents: An Evaluation" (Katherine Williams, G. David Curry, and Marcia I Cohen); (9) "Reducing Gang Violence in Boston" (Anthony A. Braga and David M. Kennedy); and (10) "Developing a GIS-Based Regional Gang Incident Tracking System" (James W. Meeker, Katie J.B. Parsons, and Bryan J. Vila). (Papers contain references.) (Sm)
The youth gangs, drugs, and violence connection by James C Howell( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Youth, Gangs, Drugs, and Violence Connection" is a bulletin prepared by James C. Howell and Scott H. Decker for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. The bulletin discusses the relationships between youth gangs, drugs, and violent crime. The U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy provides the bulletin online
Policing immigrants : local law enforcement on the front lines by Doris Marie Provine( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Présentation de l'éditeur : "The United States deported nearly two million illegal immigrants during the first five years of the Obama presidency-more than during any previous administration. President Obama stands accused by activists of being "deporter in chief." Yet despite efforts to rebuild what many see as a broken system, the president has not yet been able to convince Congress to pass new immigration legislation, and his record remains rooted in a political landscape that was created long before his election. Deportation numbers have actually been on the rise since 1996, when two federal statutes sought to delegate a portion of the responsibilities for immigration enforcement to local authorities. Policing Immigrants traces the transition of immigration enforcement from a traditionally federal power exercised primarily near the US borders to a patchwork system of local policing that extends throughout the country's interior. Since federal authorities set local law enforcement to the task of bringing suspected illegal immigrants to the federal government's attention, local responses have varied. While some localities have resisted the work, others have aggressively sought out unauthorized immigrants, often seeking to further their own objectives by putting their own stamp on immigration policing. Tellingly, how a community responds can best be predicted not by conditions like crime rates or the state of the local economy but rather by the level of conservatism among local voters. What has resulted, the authors argue, is a system that is neither just nor effective-one that threatens the core crime-fighting mission of policing by promoting racial profiling, creating fear in immigrant communities, and undermining the critical community-based function of local policing."
Reducing gun violence : the St. Louis Consent-to-Search Program by Scott H Decker( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The handbook of gangs by Scott H Decker( )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the last two decades, there have been a number of developments in our understanding of, and responses to, gangs; in addition, the field had developed and become interdisciplinary and internationalized. This timely handbook reflects all of these trends. Offering original scholarship on the most salient issues in the field today The Handbook of Gangs provides a significant assessment by leading international scholars of key topics related to gangs, gang members, and responses to gangs. International in scope, with chapters dedicated to gangs and the responses to gangs in Great Britain, Latin America, Australia and Europe, this handbook is an invaluable tool in providing students, scholars, and professionals in the field with cutting-edge reviews of the current state of research and practice." -- Publisher's description
Juvenile justice policy : analyzing trends and outcomes( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Policing gangs and youth violence by Scott H Decker( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented in this book are current practices within policing and juvenile justice (focusing on gangs), which utilize the community-policing model. By looking at specific strategies and their efficacy, the authors attempt to combat a major perceived problem with community policing; that the methodology of community policing can be subjective and nebulous, using ill-defined and misinterpreted practices. This book shows what is working for agencies across the country and how these "best practices" can be employed. Includes a focus on Boston as a model for gang policing strategies, other chapters are set in different regions of the United States
Increasing school safety through juvenile accountability programs by Scott H Decker( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) presents the full text of a report entitled "Increasing School Safety Through Juvenile Accountability Programs," prepared by Scott Decker. Decker documents the need to improve school safety, examines methods for increasing school safety programs that emphasize student accountability, and highlights several such school safety programs. This report comprises the December 2000 issue of "Bulletin," a publication of the OJJDP's "Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants (JAIBG) Best Practice Series." The OJJDP is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice
Illegal firearms : access and use by arrestees by Scott H Decker( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

European street gangs and troublesome youth groups by Scott H Decker( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique volume by eminent gang researchers presents valuable new data on European youth gangs, describing important characteristics of these groups, and their similarities and differences to American gangs. Their findings from the Eurogang Research Program highlight the impact of immigration and ethnicity, urbanization, national influences, and local neighborhood circumstances on gang development in several European countries. It is an important resource on crime, delinquency and youth development for criminologists, sociologists, youth workers, policy makers, local governments, and law en
Project safe neighborhoods, strategic interventions by Scott H Decker( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strategies to address gang crime : a guidebook for local law enforcement by Scott H Decker( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using offender interviews to inform police problem solving by Scott H Decker( Book )

5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Criminology and public policy : putting theory to work
Armed robbers in action : stickups and street cultureDrug smugglers on drug smuggling : lessons from the insideCriminology and public policy : putting theory to workInternational handbook of juvenile justiceLife in the gang : family, friends and violenceConfronting gangs : crime and communityPolicing gangs and youth violenceEuropean street gangs and troublesome youth groups
Alternative Names
Decker, Scott Henderson 1950-

Henderson Decker, Scott 1950-

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German (1)