Less crime and less punishment

My talk at the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. Nice talk. If I were still in the business I would have definitely gone along. One thing that stands out to me is that pretty much none of the points you make would have been news to, say, a British District Officer appointed to bring law and order to some frontier province – be firm, be fair, involve the locals in the process, start with one spot and clean that up, then expand…

    You put your finger on why it’s hard to do – it’s hard to measure, so goes against the grain of managerialism.

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