Drugs and terror

My report for the Congressional Research Service is now up on the web.

A couple of years ago, the Congressional Research Service asked me for some thoughts on the implications of the terrorist threat for drug policy. After an excruciatingly long review process, the report was finally released to the Congress.

CRS’s documents aren’t secret in any way, but my contacts there asked me not to post the product on this site; apparently CRS wants its Congressional customers like to think they’re getting inside scoop not available to others. I decided to comply, albeit reluctantly: I was somewhat better-pleased with the product than I am with my average product.

Now some clever folks at the University of Maryland have decided to collect .pdf’s of as many CRS products as they can and post them. So I see no reason now not to point my loyal readers to my essay.

Comments welcome. Note that the date of publication was 2004 but the text was mostly written by the end of 2002, so some of it is out of date.

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