Broken Windows Policing Is Not An Effective Strategy For Reducing Crime

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Broken windows policing has been used in New York City from the 1990’s until present time. Broken windows theory was first described by George Kelling and James Wilson in an Atlantic Monthly article published in 1982. The success of dropping major crime rate in New York City was due to external factors not controlled under the policing method. The premature legitimization given to James Wilson and George Kelling, paved the way for the racist “ stop and frisk” procedure to occur in New York City. The broken windows policing is not an effective strategy for reducing crime and it gives officers an amble amount of discretion to discriminate, the real reason for a decrease in crime is contributed to the decrease in the rate of unemployment. In the article published in the Atlantic Monthly, James Wilson describes the basis of a new strategy for a changing police force. With a nation-wide trend of a deteriorating police trend, Wilson describes the need to establish neighborhoods that are at risk for a higher occurrence of crime and to distribute officers directly correlated to the occurrence of crime. James Wilson stated in the article,” the key to identify neighborhoods at the tipping point—where the public order is deteriorating but not unreclaimable, where the streets are used more frequently but by apprehensive people, where a window is likely to be broken at any time, and must quickly be fixed id all are not to be shattered. (Atlantic Monthly)” Wilson believes that minor…

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