Michael Tomasky Responds

Michael Tomasky Responds

Elliott Currie is a criminologist, and I’m a journalist, so I feel no shame in confessing that he knows more about criminology than I do. I’m happy to hear of my “straw men” that there are “fewer of them all the time.” That said, I wonder about his assertion that the Bratton crime-fighting model is more accurately described by what he calls “problem-oriented policing” than by application of the broken windows theory. I saw George Kelling give a talk in New York City earlier this year in which he hailed Bratton (paraphrasing) as having demonstrated as police commissioner—and as transit police chief in the early 1990s, when Bratton and Kelling first worked together closely—that his theories can show results. This, on top of the many testimonials the two have offered each other, shows at least that they think they’re theoretician and applicant of the same practice.

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