04.04.08 | Audio of Rep. Bobby Scott's and Sen. Joe Biden's briefing on "Reducing Violent Crime - International Perspectives"
Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
Representative Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
Reducing Violent Crime – International Perspectives
Focused and cost-effective interventions that prevent crime
Crime in the United States remains near the lowest levels in a generation, yet violent crime in our country remains much higher than in most other industrialized nations. Death by deliberate violence is very rare in most advanced nations, but in the United States homicide is the fifteenth leading cause of death for all Americans. Around the world, many nations have taken a different approach to reducing violent crime by investing in evidence-based prevention strategies such as education reform and programming for at-risk individuals. This panel of world-renowned prevention experts will discuss the successful efforts used in other countries to reduce and prevent violent crimes.
Friday, April 4, 2008 – 11:00 a.m.
SC-4 United States Capitol
Developed the Safer Cities program with UN Habitat and participated with the World Health Organization in the implementation of their Health and Violence report; Served as crime prevention expert on national commissions in Canada, South Africa and the United States; Author of Less Law More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime; Director, Crime Prevention Institute, University of Ottawa.
Director of Analysis and Exchange with the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime; Served with the British Home Office for 23 years focusing on community crime prevention and youth offending; Contributed to the Expert Group Meeting on the UN Guidelines for Crime Prevention, the Expert Group Meeting on youth at risk in Africa, and the 11th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok, Thailand.
Director of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control which is affiliated with the United Nations; Past President of the European Society of Criminology; Serves with the National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Helsinki, Finland.
Campaign for Youth Justice and the Open Society Policy Center