I’m not a fan of the current movement to make cops street corner social workers. Better educated and more data driven, yes. Better informed about how to use social science data to get thugs off the street, yes. Better capable of dealing with people in distress, the mentally ill, of course.
But when it comes to taking evil people off the streets.........TAKE THEM OFF THE STREETS. And yes, I use the term EVIL in its most pejorative sense. The term seems to cause criminologists more heartburn than does the actual behavior of street thugs--you know, like murder, drug dealing, rape, armed robbery.
Here is one way of getting the point across:
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology