Kylle Cassela


    “If a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired,” they observed, “all the rest of the windows will soon be broken.”  said James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in an influential article in […]

    • Distrust between the police and the community is one of the reasons why the system is so flawed. Rather than respect being mutual by both parties, certain races are targeted and harassed causing them to lack trust in authority figures who are supposed to keep them safe. This relationship must be repaired in order for the criminal justice system to relate better to the community so that true justice can be served. Small “crimes” like your encounter at the turnstile, should not be equated to a life of long term crime or even the slim chance that even worse crimes will be committed.

    • This broken windows ideal is just a way for the city to make quick money, its fast, common and it gives money. Meanwhile other more heavy crimes take time and investigation and if anything also take more money. Obviously the city needs money and so does the police department, therefore arresting people for petty crimes which result in profit. It is sad that these “petty crimes” are given more importance than ones that actually matter

    • I think this story is very relevant today. I often let my close friend pass through the turnstile with me, knowing that if we were to get caught we would most likely be granted a ticket. The thing that bothers me the most is how difficult they make it. Its not as if everyone gets payed enough to own a home in midtown and can buy monthly metro cards. If you ad it up, you would spend $1,584 a year on metro cards alone. And that is if you can afford to spend the $132 each month. With all the money the MTA makes, you would expect them to advance the system, or at least clean the place up. Every time i enter the train there is trash throughout the car. Hopefully they will re evaulate the way they spend their money.

    • when I was 18 the same thing happened to me, but without a warning and I got a ticket. But what you said is true about the fine they gave you and your sister having to the price of someone who makes minimum wage of a full time worker would pay if they got that fine. The system is broken. I think its pretty messed up how we are taught at a young age to seek an officers help if there is an emergency, but today police is someone to be feared. And to what Mishel said in the comments, I agree with her, they do that for fast money for the city. and they will do so but giving out tickets and fine for petty crimes.

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