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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Boston: Police Use Broken-Windows Theory to Fight Crime

Boston cops will soon be slapping fines of up to $300 for "quality-of-life crimes" such as loud parties and allowing abandoned cars to litter neighborhoods. Acting on the broken-windows theory that urban decay feeds on itself, Boston city officials touted a new ordinance system designed to speed up the punishment for quality-of-life crimes that are rarely prosecuted or that clog up the courts and police resources. Issuing a summons now for something like letting junk cars pile up might take three trips to court before a hearing is even held, but now police will be able to issue $20 fines on the spot. More from the Boston Herald. . . [Mark Godsey]

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