Fixing Broken Neighborhoods: How Police Can Ensure Neighborhood Safety and Community Well-Being
- 10.2991/assehr.k.200321.074How to use a DOI?
- broken windows, collective efficacy, procedural justice, order maintenance policing
The “broken windows” theory (Kelling & Wilson, 1982) is among the most studied and applied ideas in the United States criminal justice system. Broken windows policing played an important part in getting police to pay attention to physical and social disorder and other lower-level offenses. While it did effect rates of crime and disorder, its misapplications also had detrimental effects on communities most in need of police intervention. This paper reexamines the original exposition of the broken windows theory and explains its misuse. By drawing on theories of procedural justice, police legitimacy, and collective efficacy, as well as recent developments in the use of data to understand the situational correlates of crime and disorder, this paper argues that police should re-commit to their basic order maintenance function to ensure neighborhood safety and increase community well-being.
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TY - CONF AU - Michael J. Jenkins PY - 2020 DA - 2020/03/24 TI - Fixing Broken Neighborhoods: How Police Can Ensure Neighborhood Safety and Community Well-Being BT - Proceedings of the XVII International Research-to-Practice Conference dedicated to the memory of M.I. Kovalyov (ICK 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 7 EP - 13 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200321.074 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.200321.074 ID - Jenkins2020 ER -