My Lenten vow: no more Reynolds-bashing ’til after Easter.

Two longtime readers have written in gently complaining that they don’t come to this space for blogospheric mud-wrestling. Those two gentle missives, added to Mike O’Hare’s indirect rebuke, amount to a torrent of protest by my standards.

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Not being a Christian, I don’t ordinarily observe that season of self-denial, but for the next forty days I will not so much as mention that Kentucky’s southern neighbor has a law school.

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