More junk science?

Trish Wilson has found what she says is another piece of bogus social science to match the study on born-again prisons reported below. I haven’t read either the study or the detailed critiques, but from what Wilson says it sounds pretty appalling: a finding that it’s bad for children of divorced parents living with their fathers if their mothers live in a different town, but not bad in the much more typical case where the custodial parent is the mother and the father lives in a different town, is being used to support a legal claim that mothers with custody ought to be restricted from moving away when that would impair the father’s visitation rights.

Update Ampersand is on this, as is Kevin Drum.

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