Town Hall, Seattle: Less Crime and Less Punishment

Courtesy of the Seattle Channel, my Seattle talk, followed by Q&A.
Aside from the Q&A, not very different from my other talks on the same theme.

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. Prof. Kleiman: I'm a (relatively) young guy, and a grad student that recently chose to go back to school and study drug policy, mainly due to concerns about the 'war on drugs' similar to those expressed by panelists and audience members in this video. I was lucky enough to take a course on drug policy taught by Jerome Jaffe, who exposed me to your work, that of Peter Reuter and a number of other experts. After reading Against Excess, WBFF and many other articles, I just wanted to say thanks for opening my mind to the complex, nuanced and frustratingly paradoxical nature of the drug/crime issue. Keep challenging conventional wisdom on both sides of the debate!

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