Magazine February 25, 2019, Issue

Law and Disorder

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Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing, by Issa Kohler-Hausmann (Princeton University Press, 328 pp., $29.95)

The day before I began this review I returned from Zurich, Switzerland. As far as I could tell from my travels throughout the city, the entire conurbation, including modest outer neighborhoods, was orderly, gleaming, and spotless. Every inch was carefully tended, litter was virtually absent, no homeless or beggars were in evidence, and scruffy parks, crumbling pavement, vacant, junk-filled lots, and decrepit buildings were not to be found. No loud street music blared, and neatly dressed pedestrians patiently waited for lights to change. I never saw the police. There was some graffiti, mostly away from the affluent city center, but

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Amy L. Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Amy L. Wax reviews Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing, by Issa Kohler-Hausmann.

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