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The Stupid Scandal That Won’t Die: Muffingate

July 16, 2012 by


When the story broke it had all the ingredients of a scrumptious scandal inside the beltway. An accounting and auditing report found that the Department of Justice had paid sixteen dollars,each, for muffins provided at a conference. What kind of muffins can you get for sixteen bucks, wondered reporters, bloggers, and pundits. It was just […]

CrimeDime March 2012 Roundup

March 31, 2012 by


We had a lot to say in March, covering everything from Dexter to Trayvon Martin.  In case you missed it, here’s what we wrote about this month. March started with How Others See Me, a whimsical look at the popular meme and what people think criminologists (might) do. This post has been far more popular […]

James Q. Wilson Dead at 80: The Enduring Legacy of Broken Windows Theory

March 3, 2012 by


In 1982 James Q. Wilson and George Kelling co-authored a piece for The Atlantic in which they laid the foundation for a new theory of crime. In essence, they argued that fixing broken windows is of critical importance. They wrote, “Untended property becomes fair game for people out for fun or plunder and even for people who […]