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  • Study questions ‘broken windows’ theory of policing

    The Boston Globe - 09/11/2015

    “It’s a whole different way of thinking about how violent crime comes from a community,” said co-author Dan O’Brien, a professor at Northeastern University.

    There’s debate among academics on whether the broken windows theory is valid, said Anthony Braga, a senior research fellow in the criminal justice program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Some studies, like O’Brien’s and Sampson’s, seem to disprove it. Other studies — including ones that looked at what happened after police departments adapted the model — appear to support it. “These studies suggest that police efforts to clean up physical and social disorder do reduce crime,” Braga said in an e-mail.

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