More advice on drug policy

Kevin Sabet has advice for the new drug czar; Judge Steven Alm wonders why California doesn’t try a proven technique to reduce drug use and crime among probationers and parolees.

Kevin Sabet has an op-ed in Chief Kerlikowske’s hometown paper. And Judge Steven Alm, the policy entrepreneur behind the H.O.P.E. probation-enforcement project that has succeeded in greatly reducing the methamphetamine consumption of Hawaii’s probationers, wants the California State government to take notice. If the federal courts actually order the release of 30,000 prisoners, we’d better be ready to supervise them properly once they’re back home.

Question: does Prop 36 make H.O.P.E.-style drug testing and sanctions infeasible for parolees in California? Or could the releases be let out on furlough rather than released on parole, leaving them technically still “prisoners” rather than “parolees” and thus potentially subject to tighter supervision?

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