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James Q. Wilson, co-author of 'broken windows' policing theory, dies in Boston at age 80
BOSTON (AP) ' A prominent political scientist whose "broken windows" theory influenced a nationwide move toward community policing has died at a Boston hospital.
A hospital spokeswoman says James Q. Wilson died Friday at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but she isn't releasing any details.
The Boston Globe reports Wilson was being treated for leukemia. He was 80.
Wilson and co-author George L. Kelling argued in a 1982 magazine article that communities must address minor crimes and their effects, such as broken windows, to prevent larger problems form developing.
Police and politicians responded with changed tactics, such as increased foot patrols, to bring police closer to communities.
Wilson, who lived in North Andover, taught at schools including Harvard and Pepperdine. Most recently, he was a distinguished scholar in Boston College's political science department.