Fixing Broken Windows

Restoring Order And Reducing Crime In Our Communities

Fixing Broken Windows

Based on a groundbreaking theory of crime prevention, this practical and empowering book shows how citizens, business owners, and police can work together to ensure the safety of their communities. George Kelling, one of America’s leading criminologists, has proven the success of his method across the country, from the New York City subways to the public parks of Seattle. Here, Kelling and urban anthropologist and lawyer Catherine Coles demonstrate that by controlling disorderly behavior in public spaces, we can create an environment where serious crime cannot flourish, and they explain how to adapt these effective methods for use in our own homes and communities.
  • Free Press | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684837383 | 
  • January 1998
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About the Authors

Catherine M. Coles

Catherine M. Coles is a Research Associate in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University who is currently studying the development of community-based prosecution. They live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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George L. Kelling

George L. Kelling is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Research Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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