Milbank’s trio of quotes is pretty scary. Actually, I think DiIulio is right to be apologetic, though I’m delighted that he made his criticism and don’t doubt that it’s substantively correct. White House staffers have a very strong duty not to kiss and tell. But he does sound a lot like the defendant at a show trial, and there’s no doubt Bush, Rove & Co. wanted to make him sound that way. That doesn’t say good things about them.
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.
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)
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