A good start for Bratton

Homicides in Los Angeles dropped by almost a quarter in 2003 compared to 2002, just as Bill

Bratton promised when he took over the department. True, 2002 was an unusually bad year, but the inference that Bratton’s presence saved lives is hard to resist, especially since homicides in the parts of LA County not covered by the LAPD were up 4%.

LA remains absurdly underpoliced; how much longer the Department can make bricks without straw is an open question. Why it hasn’t occurred to the LA City Council that a falling crime rate pays off in higher economic activity is beyond me, but apparently it hasn’t.

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