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Instead of a “naked public square,” Father Neuhaus believed America was built upon more than liberal procedures; it was built upon the habits and customs of a fundamentally religious people who were drawing upon what noted political scientist James Q. Wilson called “a great seedbed of virtue.
In 1982, social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling put forth the “broken windows” theory, postulating that allowing small crimes such as broken windows or graffiti to go unchecked lessens a community's sense of safety and leads to larger crimes. “At the community level, disorder and crime are ...

In a 1982 piece in the Atlantic Monthly, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling gave this common-sense approach a name: the “broken window” theory. Fort Wayne is often accused of being behind the times, but in this case we were ahead of the progressive curve. In 2012 the Fort Wayne Community ...
Yet polarization, one might argue, is simply a natural bedfellow of democracy. Not so. As conservative scholar James Q. Wilson noted in 2005, in response to Bush/Kerry hostilities (which now seem quaint), not since the Civil War had the electorate been so polarized. That year, 2005, a Gallup poll found that ...
In late February, the department learned it will receive the 2018 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing later this month at a ceremony in Long Beach. The award is administered by the Regional Community Policing Institute - California. The award, given to one California agency each ...

In late February, the department learned it will receive the 2018 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing later this month at a ceremony in Long Beach. The award is administered by the Regional Community Policing Institute - California. The award, given to one California agency each ...
Both also are believers in community policing based on the late James Q. Wilson's "broken windows" theory, which advocates using officers proactively to curtail street-level disorder and incivility as presumed precursors of more serious offenses. As a result nearly all serious crimes have fallen to rates ...

As the criminologist James Q. Wilson pointed out a decade ago, our non-gun homicide rate is still triple that of England. With or without guns, Americans are violent, period. Those on Team Blue must also admit that pushing for tighter gun regulations often substitutes for other thoughts. The mass shooting in ...
As a result of the Sheriff's Office community-policing initiatives, the agency was named a finalist for the 2018 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing, Cleveland said. The award, presented by Regional Community Policing Institute - California, recognizes California law-enforcement ...
“Even allowing for the existence of discrimination in the criminal justice system, the higher rates of crime among black Americans cannot be denied,” wrote James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein in their classic 1985 study, “Crime and Human Nature.” “Every study of crime using official data shows blacks ...
The term came from a 1982 article in The Atlantic, written by George Kelling and James Q. Wilson, who suggested that unaddressed disorder encourages more disorder, followed by crime and violence. "One unrepaired broken window," they wrote, "is a signal that no one cares." Bratton and some others ...
Before Congress acted it considered what James Q. Wilson called the “legitimacy barrier”: Did the Constitution empower the government to do this or that? As late as the 1950s, Congress at least feigned fealty to constitutional limits: When it wanted to build the interstate highway system and subsidize ...
James Q. Wilson, a wide-ranging social scientist whose “broken windows” theory of law enforcement laid the groundwork for crime reduction programs in New York, Los Angeles and other cities, died on Friday in Boston. He was 80. The cause was complications of leukemia, his son, Matthew, said.
Politicians often enact regulations in response to policy crises, but they sometimes have fewer incentives to enforce them when counter pressure builds against such measures. As political scientists Theodore Lowi and James Q. Wilson have pointed out, regulations can face counter pressures if they impose ...
Sheriff Jim Hart announced that the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing. The award is named after Community Policing expert James Q. Wilson and recognizes California law enforcement agencies that ...


 

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