Essay on Broken Windows Theory Of Crime Control

1009 Words Sep 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In the 1990s then mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani pushed the broken windows theory of crime control and made changes to the police departments accordingly. However, David Dinkin, who was mayor before Giuliani, was truly the one who began this method of policing. He hired 8,000 new officers and a new police commissioner. (Business Insider) While it is true that New York’s crime rates have dropped in the past few decades, the reasons behind this are unclear. Broken windows methods also raise issues of racial profiling and civil liberties. Another issue raised is, in the push for increased arrests and summonses for minor crimes, what really constitutes a crime? There have been instances of arrests for things that are not traditionally considered crimes. For example, in the spring of 2015, at least two Latino men were arrested when each took up more than one seat on the subway. They were arrested on the grounds that they were inconveniencing other passengers. The judge ticketed them, but questioned if they were truly inconveniencing other passengers as they had been arrested at 12:11 am, a time when the subway is not usually crowded. ((Huffington Post)) In spite of their controversial nature, community policing and broken windows theory based policing have both been in use at the time the crime rate in New York City dropped drastically.

Broken windows theory at its most basic is the theory that if police are tough on minor crimes then the rate of serious crimes will…

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