The quality-of-life policing philosophy that gained prominence in New York City is the foundation for a new unit in the Oakland, Calif., city attorney's office that is targeting infractions and misdemeanors. The three-lawyer special prosecution team, now in its sixth month of operation, was formed based on the theory that low-level community disorder breeds serious crime if left untreated. Academics still disagree over the merits of this so-called "broken windows" theory.
City Attorneys Cross Into Criminal 'Quality-of-Life' Cases
April 23, 2009