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BROKEN WINDOW
THEORY
Dametria Rosenthal
WHAT IS THE BROKEN
WINDOW THEORY?
• The broken
window theory
suggests that those
that are in a broken
neighborhood tend
to...
BROKEN WINDOW CONT.
 Developed by James Wilson and George Kelling in the year of
1982
 Falls into the Chicago school of ...
S O C I A L D I S O RG A N I Z AT I O N
T H E O RY
 Social disorganization theory: A person’s physical and social
environ...
H OW I T E F F E C T S C O M M U N I T I E S A N D
NEIGHBORHOODS

 normal controls in the neighborhood begins to weaken a...
CAUSAL CHAIN OF CRIME
 Causal chain that was

 disorder caused by disreputable

developed by Wilson and Kelling

people
...
H OW I S T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E
SYSTEM FIXING THE "BROK E N
W I N D OW "
 increase of officers on patrol
 m...
PERSONAL THOUGHTS
 Those that are more involved in their neighborhood work hard to
keep it upstanding and free of crime. ...
REFERENCES
 Lilly, J. R., Cullen, F. T. & Ball, R. A. (2011). Criminological theory:
Context and consequences (5th Ed.). ...
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  1. 1. BROKEN WINDOW THEORY Dametria Rosenthal
  2. 2. WHAT IS THE BROKEN WINDOW THEORY? • The broken window theory suggests that those that are in a broken neighborhood tend to leave it broken , therefore leaving the neighborhood open for crime to move in and take over
  3. 3. BROKEN WINDOW CONT.  Developed by James Wilson and George Kelling in the year of 1982  Falls into the Chicago school of criminology under social disorganization
  4. 4. S O C I A L D I S O RG A N I Z AT I O N T H E O RY  Social disorganization theory: A person’s physical and social environments are primarily responsible for the behavioral choices that person makes. In particular, a neighborhood that has fraying social structures is more likely to have high crime rates. Such a neighborhood may have poor schools, vacant and vandalized buildings, high unemployment, and a mix of commercial and residential property. (NCJRS 2003)
  5. 5. H OW I T E F F E C T S C O M M U N I T I E S A N D NEIGHBORHOODS  normal controls in the neighborhood begins to weaken and those that participate in criminal activity begin to take over and the neighborhood starts to see more and more criminal behavior to be present.  criminal behavior becomes the new normal behavior of the neighborhood .
  6. 6. CAUSAL CHAIN OF CRIME  Causal chain that was  disorder caused by disreputable developed by Wilson and Kelling people can be used to understand the  breakdown in informal control process of how the process of  invasion of predatory criminals crimes moves into a "broken  high crime rates in neighborhood" neighborhood
  7. 7. H OW I S T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E SYSTEM FIXING THE "BROK E N W I N D OW "  increase of officers on patrol  more agencies adopt zero- tolerance policies  making people of the community more aware of problems going on and getting them more involved  stricter punishments for those that offend
  8. 8. PERSONAL THOUGHTS  Those that are more involved in their neighborhood work hard to keep it upstanding and free of crime. By holding those in the neighborhood accountable and giving them some responsibility to help the process can make law enforcement agencies more successful at reducing the rates of crime.  In a nutshell if its broken then fix it
  9. 9. REFERENCES  Lilly, J. R., Cullen, F. T. & Ball, R. A. (2011). Criminological theory: Context and consequences (5th Ed.). Washington D.C: Sage Publications.  National Criminal Justice Reference Services. (2003, May). Social disorganization and rural communities. Retrieved November 29, 2013, from https://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/193591/ page1.html

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