Introduction to Delinquency and Community: Creating Opportunity and Controls

  • Alden D. Miller
  • Lloyd E. Ohlin
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


Delinquency is a community problem. In the final analysis the means for its prevention and control must be built into the fabric of community life. This can happen only if the community accepts its share of responsibility for having generated and perpetuated paths of socialization that lead to sporadic criminal episodes for some youth and careers in crime for others. Studies of the causes of crime point to many individual and social pathologies that may find expression in deviant and criminal behavior. In a competent community, however, the opportunities and motivations for crime are controlled by the way its institutions are organized to respond to such threats to public safety. There is a willingness to experiment and improve the responsiveness of individual and family services, religious organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, recreational agencies, housing associations, employment markets, and juvenile justice agencies. The result is a communal context that is sensitive to the problems of growing up and possessed of the institutional capacity to respond appropriately.


Delinquent Conduct Juvenile Delinquency Juvenile Court Training School Criminal Career 
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  • Lloyd E. Ohlin

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