HANOVER, NH — George L. Kelling, the criminologist who co-wrote the “Broken Windows” policing theory, died at his New Hampshire home on Wednesday. He was 83.
His wife, Catherine M. Coles, confirmed his cause of death was complications due to cancer, The New York Times reports.
Kelling, known for revolutionizing policing in America by targeting lesser infractions by community offenders, published his popularized “broken windows” theory in The Atlantic magazine with Professor James Q. Wilson in 1982. The premise of the 7,000 word article was that neglected communities could lead to uncontrollable disorder. The two argued that preventing crime and maintaining order go hand in hand.
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