The criminal justice fighting strategy that I will devise will be based on Strain Theory which holds that many individuals’ possess similar aspirations of leading better lives (Hagan, n.d.). However, these people do not have similar abilities or opportunities to do so and when they fail to accomplish these expectations via the approved means like hard work together with delayed satisfaction; they may try to realize the success via committing crimes (Siegel, 2000). Based on this crime causal theory explanation, I propose a new strategy which I will label as 10-House Policy. The 10-House Policy will require each household to know the whereabouts, kind of jobs, sources of income and origin of 10 households in their neighborhood. This policy is aimed at empowering the citizens to report any individual whose source of income is questionable as some of the individuals in the society may commit crime such burglary so as to satisfy their needs and aspirations. Therefore, such individuals can easily be reported to the relevant security bodies by citizens for further investigation.
The 10-House Policy will help in fighting crime activities in the society by making use of citizens to be watchdogs of each other. Thus, this eases the responsibilities the police officers in combating and investigating the crimes. Also, this policy will be beneficial to the society members as it will offer an opportunity for the citizens to empower themselves economically by generating proposal and ideas for industrial and commercial projects when they interact to know more about each other. Despite this policy promising many benefits, it may violate the right to privacy to the society members.
The implementation plan of this policy entails the government through its security agencies sensitizing the public on the how the policy works and the associated benefits. Also, the initiative will involve local partners to aid citizens in identifying and prioritizing their security and safety needs and how their involvement will yield this. After sensitization, the policy will be put in place and will be evaluated continuously to determine its effectiveness and its flaws and also to ensure that every individual has taken the initiative of knowing 10 households in his or her neighborhood.
Hagan, F. Introduction to criminology (1st ed.).
Siegel, L. (2000). Criminology (1st ed.). Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.
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