Drug free school zones

After a long hiatus that was almost entirely my fault, the Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin is back in operation, due almost entirely to the efforts of our new managing editor, Douglas Ross.

The latest issue features a study by Will Brownsberger and Susan Aromaa of Join Together, which shows how the Massachusetts “drug-free school zone” law has turned into a general sentence-enhancement law with roughly no relationship whatever to the problem of drug dealing in or around schools. (In older cities and towns in Massachusetts, virtually any location is within the statutory distance of one school or another.)

The next issue, with John Walsh’s analysis of the smoke and mirrors behind the national drug budget, should be out in January.

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