15 minutes Dep’t

I’m on the Patt Morrison show tomorrow at 2:30 and doing Writers’ Bloc with Mike Dukakis Tuesday evening in Beverly Hills. The topic in each case is crime and punishment.

I’m going to be on the Patt Morrison Show on KPCC (89.3 Los Angeles) tomorrow (Friday) from 2:30-3, talking about When Brute Force Fails. You can call in to 866-893-5722 if you want to join the conversation.

Next Tuesday, the 26th, at 7:30 pm I’ll be doing one of Andrea Grossman’s “Writers’ Bloc” dialogues, with Mike Dukakis as my interlocutor, at Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills. Again, the topic will be crime and punishment.

It’s not widely known that when Mike got hammered by those Willy Horton ads Massachusetts had one of the lowest crime rates and one of the lowest incarceration rates among the 50 states.  As usual in politics, success didn’t count unless it comes in the proper ideological flavor.

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

3 thoughts on “15 minutes Dep’t”

  1. I think the launchpad that made the Horton ads really work was a TV interview where Dukakis gave a non-hysterical, thoughtful answer to the question along the lines of "Yeah, but wouldn't you want the death penalty if your wife was raped and murdered." If he had prefaced his response with "I'd want to kill the guy with with my bare hands" or something, he'd have been better off. Instead he failed to posture and position himself properly for Homus Boobus and Atwater was able to portray him as somebody who just didn't care much about keeping all the little Bubbas' Darlenes safe.

    One of the problems with trying to be rational on crime is that there's a primitive cult of violence that demands to be appeased a lot, constantly checking the bona fides to make sure that everyone is willing to respond with the lizard brain.

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