Soft on crime

Some statistics on OSHA’s enforcement performance:

2200 workplace deaths due to wilful violations of safety laws by employers.

104 prosecutions

16 jail sentences

Maximum sentence: 6 months

“Obviously we’re not going to support the expansion of criminal penalties,” says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Where’s the outrage?

If I were running for President, I’d make this scandal part of my stock speech.

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

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