After a long hiatus, I’m back. Recently, I read a book review that got me hot and bothered.
Why Tackling Urban Violence Should Be First on America’s Domestic Agenda
TCR: You point to ample research suggesting that violence is clustered around “sticky” people, places, and things. You argue that we should focus not on those things specifically, but on the violent behaviors that flow from them. Can you elaborate?
Abt: I use the framing of people, places, and things because it is easy for people to quickly understand. That said, in terms of policy, when talking about people, I am referring to social networks of the highest-risk potential perpetrators and victims. By places, I am referring to micro-concentrations of crime known as hot spots. And by things, I am referring to certain behaviors that are closely associated with violence.
That sounds similar to the “broken window” theory. Another way to isolated and criminalize people who live in poverty. Focus on identifying “potential high-risk perpetrators” instead of the circumstances that brought them to that point. What do you think?