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The "broken windows" theory of policing suggested that cleaning up the visible signs of disorder — like graffiti, loitering, panhandling and prostitution — would prevent more serious crime. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

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