In memoriam Mark M. Richard

Don’t look now, but you’re less safe from terrorism than you were a week ago. I just got word that Mark Richard, the Justice Department point person for counter-terrorism activities in Europe, has died.

I met Mark when he was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of DoJ and I was working for Steve Hitchner in the policy shop there. He taught me much about the actual business of investigation and prosecution, and exemplified the balanced judgment and unbending integrity of the ideal prosecutor.

Mark was a giant, in all dimensions, and will be missed in ways none of us will ever find out.

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: