Preventing drinking by problem drinkers

Phil Leitzel on ankle bracelets to restrain dangerous drinkers.

Some time ago I offered some thoughts in this space about how to take the bottle away from dangerous drunks: from people who, under the influence, drive or commit assaults.

Jim Leitzel at Vice Squad reports on an alternative approach: an ankle bracelet that allows continuous remote monitoring of alcohol consumption by measuring the alcohol that transpires through the pores. Expensive ($12/day) but worth it in many cases. Presumably the price would come down in mass application.

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: