containment | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminology

In the context of criminology, containment refers to the efforts to control or prevent criminal behavior through the use of various social, legal, and institutional mechanisms.

Containment strategies can include things like police patrols, surveillance, criminal justice sanctions, and social programs aimed at addressing the root causes of crime.

Containment approaches to crime prevention and control are based on the idea that criminal behavior can be managed and limited through the use of various social and legal controls. These approaches often focus on the identification and targeting of high-risk individuals or groups, and on the use of interventions to prevent or deter criminal behavior.

Containment strategies can be effective in reducing crime and improving public safety, but they can also raise concerns about civil liberties and the potential for over-policing or discrimination. As such, containment approaches to crime control often require careful balancing of the need for public safety with the importance of protecting individual rights.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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