City Study Shows Broken Windows Policing Doesn`t Reduce Serious Crimes
"A new Department of Investigation report [PDF] cuts against the assumptions that hold up NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's Broken Windows policing strategy—that
cracking down on quality of life issues like excessive noise and public
drinking deters more serious crimes like assault and murder.
Reviewing arrest data from the last six years—including more than 1.8
million quality-of-life summonses and 650,000 misdemeanor
arrests—investigators found no correlation between the rate of
misdemeanor summonses and arrests, and that of felony crime. While
quality of life arrests and summonses decreased significantly between 2010 and 2015, there was no
corresponding increase in felony complaints."
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