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Reconsidering the 'Broken Windows' Theory

For 20 years, something called the "broken windows" theory has guided some social policy and many city police departments. The theory holds that disorder in urban neighborhoods leads people to be disorderly. New research shows that people's perceptions of disorder don't always match the actual disorder in their neighborhoods.

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Marcus Rosenbaum
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