Criminology professor discusses how addressing social issues affects crime

Irvin Waller is founding executive director of International Centre for the Prevention of Crime affiliated with United Nations | February 1, 2007

Irvin Waller, University of Ottawa professor of criminology and director of the new Institute for the Prevention of Crime, is speaking on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Kelley Auditorium. Waller’s topic is “What Works in Crime Prevention: Less Law, More Order.”

Waller contends addressing the social issues that lead to crime, rather than addressing crime after it happens or putting stiffer penalties in place, contributes to creating a safer society.

Waller discusses how hiring public health nurses and investing in education and job training for at-risk youth is better than hiring more police. Preventing family violence, banning hand guns and dealing with drugs through public health saves more lives than incarceration; getting close neighbors to watch out for each other and better industrial design are more effective than criminal courts; smarter policing is better than more police; paying for services to support victims and guaranteeing them rights is better than more rhetoric.

Waller is the founding executive director of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime affiliated with the United Nations. He developed the Safer Cities program with UN Habitat and has participated with the World Health Organization in the implementation of their Health and Violence report. He was a key adviser to the group of experts that prepared the UN Guidelines for the Prevention of Crime accepted in 2002. He has worked on national commissions in Canada, South Africa and the USA. His achievements for crime prevention across the world have been recognized by Belgium, Canada, England, France and The Netherlands.

Waller has published extensively on victim issues, crime prevention and incarceration in English, French and Spanish with translations in many other languages. His book, Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime, shows the World Health Organization, US National Research Council and the UN conclude that standard ways of using police, courts and incarceration are less effective and more expensive than tackling risk factors that cause crime.

This event is sponsored by the Xavier University Department of Criminal Justice and the University of Cincinnati Division of Criminal Justice.