Broken Window Theory By James Q. Wilson

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Broken Window Theory

This paper is going to discuss the Broken Window Theory. According to the textbook, “the Broken Window Theory is an informal theory of police responsibilities when they are controlling low level disorders and the relationship to more serious crimes.” (Criminal Justice) According to the Britannica website, “broken windows theory, academic theory proposed by James Q. Wilson and George Kelling in 1982 that used broken windows as a metaphor for disorder within neighborhoods. Their theory links disorder and incivility within a community to subsequent occurrences of serious crime.” The broken windows theory was introduced by James Q. Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. They created it as a metaphor for disorder within communities.

Broken Window Theory
When it comes to the broken window theory there are several definitions for the theory. Some say that it is a criminological theory based on normal urban disorder and vandalism which leads to additional crime and anti-social behavior. They believe that maintaining and monitoring these environments will reduce the vandalism and curve the escalation into a more serious crime wave. Before the theory came into effect law enforcement agencies and police forces focused on serious crimes such as rape, robbery, and murder. Before the theory, they allowed several lesser crimes to be washed under the bridge, so to speak. They were not arresting the criminals the proper way, allowing many to go…
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