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“Robert C. Davis and Arthur J. Lurigio present a balanced and reasoned review of what citizens, with the help of police and other authorities, can do to reduce drug-related crime in their neighborhoods. The message is timely, clear, helpful, and hopeful. Fighting Back successfully brings together recent and emerging research in community antidrug efforts (indigenous and implanted), police-based strategies, and civil abatement procedures. The authors examine what is and what is not working to mitigate one of America's most pressing social problems--neighborhood-based drug trafficking.” --Janice A. Roehl, Ph.D., Vice President, Institute for Social Analysis, Pacific Grove, California “Fighting Back is a delightful book and will add significantly to the field. It is the first comprehensive book that covers different strategies used to restore order and ...

The Success of Neighborhood Antidrug Programs

Neighborhood efforts to combat drug dealing can be quite effective. When properly implemented, they directly influence the nonmonetary costs of drug use, that is, the time it takes customers to find drugs for sale and their risk of being arrested for buying and possessing drugs. Thus, the overall cost of obtaining drugs is increased whereas their monetary cost is not (the latter may encourage more drug-related crime). Neighborhood drug enforcement weakens drug organizations by reducing the dollar value of the market and strengthens communities by reducing blatant drug dealing and use.

We have seen that police efforts can reduce visible neighborhood drug selling. Most research on police crackdowns suggests that they do disrupt local drug markets. It is unclear whether ...

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