George L. Kelling is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, and a fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Kelling is currently researching organizational change in policing and the development of comprehensive community crime prevention programs.
Kelling has practiced social work as a child care worker, a probation officer, and has administered residential care programs for aggressive and disturbed youths. In 1972, he began work at the Police Foundation and conducted several large-scale experiments in policing, most notably the Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment and the Newark Foot Patrol Experiment. The latter was the source of his contribution to his most familiar publication in the Atlantic, “Broken Windows,” with James Q. Wilson. During the late 1980s, Kelling developed the order maintenance policies in the New York City subway that ultimately led to radical crime reductions. Later he consulted with the New York City Police Department as well, especially in dealing with “squeegeemen.”
His most recent major publication is Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities, which he has published with his wife, Catherine M. Coles. Currently he is studying organizational change in policing and the development of comprehensive community crime prevention programs. He has two children and four grandchildren.
Kelling is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.S.W.), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.).
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- The DA's Misguided Move, The Boston Globe, 09-26-07
- Crime Fighting & Counterterrorism, RealClearPolitics, 09-20-07
- Amid City's Violence Are Plans For Peace, The Star-Ledger, 04-09-07
- The Right Way Of Policing, New York Post, 01-21-07
- There Are No Cracks in the Broken Windows, National Review Online, 02-28-06
- The LAPD Is Targeting Crime on Skid Row, Not the Homeless, Los Angeles Times, 03-11-03
- A Policing Strategy New Yorkers Like, The New York Times, 01-03-02
- Tough Cops Matter, New York Post, 12-19-01
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- Policing Under Fire, Wall Street Journal, 03-23-99
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