David Kennedy has been taking his High Point low-arrest drug crackdown model on the road. Basic model: identify all the dealers in a market, make cases against them, call them in all at once and tell them that whoever doesn’t stop dealing right now is going to prison. If it works, which it mostly has, the lack of sellers causes the market to collapse because the buyers stop coming in. Result: reduced crime, improved quality of neighborhood life.
Latest stop: Seattle. Extra bonus good news: one of the Seattle officials who decided to bring the program in was then-police-chief-now-drug-czar Gil Kerlikowske.