In 1982, James Q. Wilson co-authored an article in the Atlantic Monthy, called “Broken Windows.” The article advocated a new view of policing that encouraged the rigid enforcement of crimes like vandalism, which he saw as precursors to more serious crimes. The theory continues to be used in various forms in police departments around the country, and it has engendered passionate defenders and detractors in academia. James Wilson passed away last week, and today our panel discusses the legacy and effects of Broken Windows policing.
Reverend Dr. Billy Stanfield is Executive Director of New Vision Youth Services here in Baltimore
Ralph Taylor is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University and author of Breaking Away From Broken Windows: Baltimore Neighborhoods and the Nationwide Fight Against Crime, Grime, Fear and Decline
Peter Moskos is a formed Baltimore City Police Officer and, the author of Cop in The Hood, and is Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York