James Q. Wilson

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Birthday
27, 1931
Birthplace
Colorado
Death Date
Mar 2, 2012 (80)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
27, 1931
Birthplace
Colorado
Death Date
Mar 2, 2012 (80)

About

A Colorado-born author, he is remembered for his Broken Windows theory, which revolutionized policing in high-crime areas. He also wrote a leading textbook on American government.

Before Fame

After studying at the University of Redlands in California, he served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Trivia

His Broken Windows theory posits that people take clues from their environment; therefore, broken windows lead the way to crime by signifying a lack of care about crime.

Family Life

He grew up in Long Beach, California, where his father, Claude Wilson, worked as a salesman.

Associated With

He was a close friend of neoconservative thinker Irving Kristol.

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