Recent data suggests that making life miserable for poor people via fines and heavy handed code enforcement doesn't reduce crime.
For those who don't know the theory in dispute, let's review . . ."The broken windows theory is a criminological theory that states that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes."
This "CRACKDOWN ON POOR NEIGHBORHOODS" tactic is touted by grads of 3rd tier state schools at the lower levels of law enforcement who mostly share their "research" by way of Facebook hate speech.
Thankfully, the tactic is a left over from 90s-era pop psychology magazine articles and not really part of police policy.
Here's more rock chalk social science that offers a bit more evidence that a tactic touted by recent mayoral administrations was mostly just a publicity stunt.
Check-it . . .
"Cities across the country have sought ways to improve neighborhood safety and in recent years have pointed to demolishing abandoned housing as a way to achieve the goal. While millions of dollars have been spent on the efforts, a recent University of Kansas study found a program demolishing more than 500 abandoned residential properties in Kansas City, Missouri, did not significantly reduce nearby violent or property crime.
"Since the housing foreclosure crisis of 2007-08, the number of abandoned homes across the country has rapidly increased, drawing attention to dilapidated and abandoned residential properties and their effect on neighborhoods, including elevated crime rates. Hye-Sung Han, assistant professor of public affairs & administration at KU, conducted a study in which she examined 559 abandoned properties in Kansas City, Missouri, and nearby crime rates in the surrounding area. She found the demolition did not lead to a reduction in nearby crime and that localized socioeconomic and housing characteristics were much stronger predictors of any change in crime rates."
Remember that demolishing abandoned houses was a MAJOR effort was touted by former Mayor Sly James yet, as this study confirms, the impact on crime was negligible.
And so, yet another sketchy social science theory influencing public policy has been disproved after MILLIONS in KCMO taxpayer cash was wasted on the effort.
Developing . . .