New Year’s Eve

You’re invited.

Many years ago, my friend Tom Plate – then at the LA Times – started the admirable custom of holding an early New Year’s Eve party, starting in the late afternoon and running through mid-evening, allowing the guests to either (a) get to their A-list parties or (b) get home before it gets drunk out. When Tom decided to stop, I decided to pick up the slack. So if you’re within striking distance of LA, you’re invited to show up at my place anytime between 4pm and 9pm.

If you need directions, or just want to let me know you’re coming, email me as kleiman (at) ucla (dot) edu.

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:

6 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve”

  1. We celebrate "Greenwich Mean Time" since that's the source of all time zones.

    And, in Chicago, it's 6pm, which is a very convenient time. In LA, it would be 4pm, which (I think) is a little early.

  2. I live in the Valley, and I appreciate the invitation, but don't go *anywhere* on New Year's Eve. Too many people on a 3-day binge and on the streets and freeways, saying, "I only had a few…." L'chaim!

  3. Ok, but who's bringing the tunes?

    And can Mark guarantee that he will not quiz his former students on chapters of Against Excess (and now Brute Force)?

  4. Professor Kleiman:

    I took a class of yours at the Kennedy School once. Love the site, just read Brute Force, etc.

    Can you recommend any other good blogs or even think tanks that cover criminal justice issues? I don't see many/any on your blogrole. I run a weekly discussion group in San Diego for the general public on politics and public policy issues. They lean heavily on me for basic wonk stuff, but I just don't know criminal justice. Please reply here or leave a comment at

    Thank you very much,


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