Public Health Approach 2019-04-25T11:33:05-04:00

Public Health Approach

Public health has the science and tools to treat criminal justice epidemics — including the joyriding and auto theft epidemic in Pinellas County.

Epidemiology applied to the teen auto theft epidemic uses the methods and strategies associated with disease control — detecting and interrupting the transmission of “disease” (auto theft and joyriding) with local credible messengers formerly involved in joyriding themselves, changing behaviors of those at highest risk of auto theft and joyriding, and changing community norms.