“How to Win the War On Crime”

Reihan Salam reaches across the left-right divide to give my forthcoming book a boost. Better than that, he actually understands what it’s about.

Reihan Salam of The Atlantic and the New America Foundation (co-author of Grand New Party) was one of the guests at a dinner hosted by Brink Lindsey of CATO and RBC’er Steve Teles last week, part of a series designed to help liberals and libertarians seek common ground. I provided the entertainment, talking about my forthcoming book When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, due out from Princeton in August.

Reihan seems to have liked what he heard (and read). More to the point, he seems to have understood it. A good review is nice to have. A good review before publication is very nice to have. A good review from the other side of the left-right divide is especially nice to have. A good pre-publication review from across the ideological divide that also grasps the central point of the project is a pearl of great price.

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