Essay on Broken Windows And The Broken Window

1455 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
The Broken Windows Theory, first introduced in 1982, asserts that disorder and crime are connected and that disorder can negatively impact society, leading to a high incidence rate of crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies. Through order-maintenance policing, disorder can be controlled, creating a safe and orderly atmosphere, instilling trust between law enforcement and civilians, and the crime rate can be maintained at a low rate. While there is evidence that correlation between Broken Windows policing and crime may be more coincidental, it has been asserted that law enforcement feel that the theory presented by Wilson and Kelling is workable and precisely describes the preferred method of urban jurisdiction maintenance.

According to the Encyclopedia of Police Science, Broken-Windows Policing is a method of maintaining civic order that follows the Broken Windows Theory introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. Within an article first published in 1982, Wilson and Kelling asserted that “disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked” (Wilson, 1982), and that maintenance of disorder can lead to easier maintenance of crime. While this theory has been expanded to describe many aspects of social order, the Broken Windows Theory as Wilson and Kelling first introduced it is still pertinent to criminal justice today. This theory has been cited as the catalyst in many reforms within the realm of criminal justice, and is much-debated,…

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