Shameless boast

John Donohue reviews When Brute Force Fails for the Journal of Economic Literature.

John Donohue of Yale Law School gives When Brute Force Fails a very favorable review in the current Journal of Economic Literature.

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:

7 thoughts on “Shameless boast”

  1. It's part of the triple crown on our criminal (indeed) justice system —

    I've been suggesting people read all three:

    WBFF, by you.

    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and

    Ordinary Injustice by Amy Bach.

  2. I read the review this morning and agree it is a very good review.

    I must confess that I am uncomfortable with your conclusions about expanding right-to-carry laws coupled with Brady Bill extensions to all weapons transfers. I think the NRA and other sympathizers (sp) will gut the Brady Bill side of your two-sided proposal.

    In addition, my experience with trying to garner support for preventative programs such as the Olds nurse home visiting model and other such well researched, but narrowly focused, interventions. The problem is getting legislative staff and their bosses to champion targeted interventions with significant clinical evidence of outcomes in favor of unfocused, general — and generally unproven or subtheraputic — programs available to all comers (until the funding runs out).

    Anyway, your ideas about reducing incarceration and recidivism are just what we need and hope your ideasfind support!

  3. Hey Mark ….

    I can't open Donohue's review — can you send it to me?

    Better yet, can you send me your book for my NGO's library??

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