Obama and “faith-based” programs

The “faith” is optional. As it should be.

Michael Drake, aka Q the Enchanter, is back blogging in propria persona, and makes a good point about Obama’s “faith-based” initiative: it’s not actually “faith-based” at all, because it welcomes non-religious organizations.

If people don’t like the idea of giving Chuck Colson his own prison to run, then let the ACLU do the job. It’s not hard to improve on a normal prison, and I don’t see any reason to give inmates of particular religious dispositions privileged access to civilized conditions. But I’d love to see lots of NGO’s, religious and otherwise, operate alternative correctional institutions.

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