How to break up a street drug market
    without arresting everyone in sight

David Kennedy explains.

David Kennedy explains.

And Mark Schoofs reports on how well it worked in High Point, NC.

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:

2 thoughts on “How to break up a street drug market
    without arresting everyone in sight”

  1. Do you and Michael O'Hare coordinate posts? The idea of not squashing drugs completely but dealing with the violent open air markets seems an example well suited for the "Sunk costs and bad metaphors" post.
    Anyway, the point that intrigues me most which the WSJ didn't capture for me was the impact the police have on the community. It never really occured to me that the mother of the drug dealer who was just locked up wouldn't be pleased by her son being locked up.

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