The legacy of James Q. Wilson

Angela Hawken, Mark Peterson, Charlie Beck, and I discuss the remarkable impacts of a remarkable man.

Thanks to Zocalo and RAND, Prof. Angela Hawken of Pepperdine, Prof. Mark Peterson of UCLA, Chief Charlie Beck of the LAPD, and I had a chance to discuss the remarkable impacts of a remarkable man. Video here. Beck’s explanation of the difference between “broken windows” police strategies (sometimes useful) and “zero tolerance” strategies (never workable) deserves to be more widely appreciated. Peterson offers a masterful exposition of the differences between Wilson as a political scientist of conservative bent and the current members of the Red Team

All of us had serious disagreements with Wilson, and all of us owe him major intellectual debts. Hawken is right to stress his extreme willingness to change his mind in the face of new facts.

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:

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  1. Everyone who thinks they understand Wilson’s work on Broken Windows could benefit from watching even the first 10 minutes of this video, Beck does an excellent job of explaining why zero tolerance policing is in fact directly contrary to the spirit of broken windows.

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