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Misdemeanorland – Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing - Princeton Scholarship Online
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Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing

Issa Kohler-Hausmann


In the early 1990s, New York City launched an initiative under the banner of Broken Windows policing to dramatically expand enforcement against low-level offenses. This is the first book to document the fates of the hundreds of thousands of people hauled into lower criminal courts as part of this policing experiment. Drawing on three years of fieldwork inside and outside of the courtroom, in-depth interviews, and analysis of trends in arrests and dispositions of misdemeanors going back three decades, the book shows how the lower reaches of our criminal justice system operate as a form of socia ... More

Keywords: Broken Windows policing, low-level offense, lower criminal court, criminal justice system, social control, surveillance, U.S. penal state, policing experiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196114
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Issa Kohler-Hausmann, author
Yale Law School

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