December 14, 2005
Crime-watch groups and vigilantismA glance at the December issue of The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice: Crime-watch groups and vigilantism
Civilian crime-prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch and Street Watch are of questionable legitimacy because of their potential for vigilantism, which in turn compromises the validity of the police, writes Kate Williams, a research fellow in criminal-justice policy at the University of Central England, in Birmingham.
About 20,000 such programs have been
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