The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.
The theory was introduced in a 1982 article by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling.
... New York City
The book's author, George L. Kelling, was hired as a consultant to the New York City Transit Authority in 1985, and measures to test the broken windows theory were implemented by David Gunn. The presence of graffiti was intensively targeted, and the subway system was cleaned from 1984 until 1990. Kelling has also been hired as a consultant to Boston's and Los Angeles's Police Departments.
In 1990, William J. Bratton became head of the New York City Transit Police. Bratton described George L. Kelling as his "intellectual mentor", and implemented zero tolerance of fare-dodging, easier arrestee processing methods and background checks on all those arrested. Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani hired Bill Bratton as his police commissioner who adopted the strategy more widely in New York City after Giuliani's election in 1993, under the rubrics of "quality of life" and "zero tolerance".
Thus, Giuliani's "zero-tolerance" roll out was part of an interlocking set of wider reforms, crucial parts of which had been underway since 1985.
Bratton had the police more strictly enforce the law against subway fare evasion, public drinking, urination, and the "squeegee men" who had been wiping windshields of stopped cars and demanding payment.
According to the 2001 study of crime trends in New York by George Kelling and William Sousa, rates of both petty and serious crime fell suddenly and significantly, and continued to drop for the following ten years.BASICALLY IT WORKS FOR TWO REASONS:
FIRST, IF YOU ENFORCE THE LITTLE LAWS THEN PEOPLE GET THE IDEA YOU WILL ENFORCE THE BIG ONES - AND IT HAS A DETERRENT EFFECT.
SECOND, PERP'S WHO COMMIT THE LITTLE INFRACTIONS ARE USUALLY THE SAME FOLKS WHO COMMIT WORSE CRIMES - AND IF YOU GET THEM OFF THE STREET FOR THE LITTLE CRIMES YOU HAVE PREVENTED THE COMMISSION OF THE BIGGER CRIMES.
AND ALL CRIME GOES DOWN.
NOW... HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO OBAMA'S REFUSAL TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS?
OBAMA HAS MADE TWO DECISIONS THAT IN EFFECT "BREAK THE WINDOWS".
FIRST, VIA EXECUTIVE FIAT OBAMA EXCLUDED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME HERE AS MINORS FROM THE LAW.
SECOND, VIA THE DHS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY WILL ONLY ACCEPT CUSTODY OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED IN ARIZONA IF THEY HAVE COMMITTED A FELONY.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that they are discontinuing agreements made with Arizona police to enforce federal immigration laws. In other words, they pouted, stomped their feet, took their ball and went home.
Via Fronteras (h/t Gateway Pundit):
Further, DHS has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.The Department of Homeland Security is suspending the program it uses to deputize local, county and state law enforcement officers in Arizona so they can double up as immigration agents.The move affects only Arizona and it was made in direct reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday regarding Arizona’s controversial immigration laws.
Read that again.
HOMELAND SECURITY will be IGNORING PHONE CALLS regarding individuals who are IN OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. Doesn't that defy the very definition of 'homeland security'?
THIS WILL LEAD TO A SURGE IN CRIME FOR TWO REASONS:
FIRST, IT LET'S LAWBREAKERS WALK AROUND WITH IMPUNITY - AND MANY OF THEM WILL GO ON TO COMMIT OTHER CRIMES, LIKE GETTING A JOB USING FALSE ID'S, VOTING WITH FALSE ID'S, ASSISTING OTHER ILLEGALS GET FALSE ID'S, AND SO ON.
MANY WILL ALSO COMMIT FELONIES, AND OBAMA WILL ONLY DEAL WITH THEM AFTER THEY HAVE COMMITTED THE MORE SERIOUS OFFENSE.
SECOND; OBAMA'S OPEN DEEP DISRESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW SENDS A SIGNAL AND WILL BE CONTAGIOUS. AND THAT'S DANGEROUS.
UPDATE: RUSH AGREES:
OBAMA IS A LYING PIECE OF CRAP WHO HAS VIOLATED HIS OATH AND IS UNDERMINING THE RULE OF LAW.
VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE ROMNEY.