The "Broken-Windows" Theory Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the "broken-windows" theory of policing.
# 146192 | 1,214 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (General)

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The paper explains the reasoning behind the "broken-windows" theory of policing, that low-level offenses, such as vandalism, littering, and even jaywalking, can ultimately lead to more crime in an area, and the targeting of these petty crimes can reduce overall crime rates. The paper outlines the reasons the "broken-windows" method can lead to reduced crime rates but also considers the perspectives of critics of this theory.

From the Paper:

"The "broken-windows" theory is also known as order maintenance policing, and sometimes referred to as "zero tolerance." Essentially, the program targets a particular segment of crime in an area, and attempts to remove all traces of that crime. Clearly, the priorities are different for each community that adopts the "broken-windows" policy. For some communities, graffiti might be the target, while in others; curfew and juvenile violence might be the targets. The idea is that by removing one segment of the criminal population, other segments will be affected, and the overall crime rate will drop."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jackall, R. (2003). What kind of order? Criminal Justice Ethics, 22(2), 54+.
  • Kaplan, K. (2008). Graffiti study bolsters 'broken windows' theory. Retrieved 7 March 2009 from the Los Angeles Times Web site:
  • Zimring, F. E. (2007). The great American crime decline. New York: Oxford University Press.

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