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NCJ Number: 171359 Find in a Library
Title: Broken Bottles: Liquor, Disorder, and Crime in Wisconsin
Author(s): J J DiIulio Jr
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Inc
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Sale Source: Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Inc
3107 North Shepard Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Recognizing a significant body of scientific evidence that links alcohol availability and consumption to community disorder, violent crime, and other major social problems, this report examines the liquor-disorder-crime nexus in Wisconsin.
Abstract: Part one of the report summarizes scientific evidence on the relationship between alcohol and crime. Part two of the report discusses alcohol control laws in Wisconsin and documents the spatial concentration of liquor outlets in Milwaukee's poor, minority, high-crime neighborhoods. Part three of the report offers ideas on and proposals for restricting the availability and consumption of alcohol in Milwaukee. The idea of the "broken window" is used to explain problems associated with the concentration of liquor outlets in distressed urban neighborhoods. The report indicates Wisconsin has a loose alcohol control regime that permits liquor outlets to be concentrated in Milwaukee's inner-city neighborhoods. The concentration of liquor outlets in these places is almost certain a major factor in their social demise and high rates of criminal victimization. Five recommendations are offered: conduct research on the relationship between alcohol outlet densities and crime, impose stricter zoning ordinances for liquor stores, limit alcohol beverage advertising, launch a neighborhood-level demonstration research project to test the effects of policies that restrict alcohol availability against the effects of policies that prohibit all alcohol sales, and do not lower the legal drinking age. 70 notes, 3 tables, and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Drug regulation
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Drug law enforcement; Drug Related Crime; High crime areas; Liquor control laws; Urban area studies; Urban criminality; Violent crimes; Wisconsin
Note: DCC. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, V 8, N 4 (May 1995)
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