When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment

When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment

by Mark A. R. Kleiman
     
 

"This is very good. It's not quite as good as Einstein predicting light bending around the sun, . . . but it's a step in the right direction."—James Q. Wilson

"Absolutely buy this book. Dedicate some time to it. . . . This is the most important social science book I've read in many years."—Reihan Salam, New America Foundation

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"This is very good. It's not quite as good as Einstein predicting light bending around the sun, . . . but it's a step in the right direction."—James Q. Wilson

"Absolutely buy this book. Dedicate some time to it. . . . This is the most important social science book I've read in many years."—Reihan Salam, New America Foundation

"For two decades, Mark Kleiman has tried to rescue community corrections from its own incompetence as well as from its critics. In When Brute Force Fails he extends his reach to develop a more sensible system of criminal justice. The book is imaginative, thorough, and readable. It will make a difference in public policy."—Peter Reuter, University of Maryland

"Mark Kleiman draws on a mixture of common sense, rationality, analysis, and individual case studies to develop clear policy recommendations about how to reduce crime while cutting costs. Policymakers, constrained by increasingly tight budgets, would be well advised to give serious consideration to his approaches and proposals."—Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University

"Ideas that make a real difference don't come along often. Mark Kleiman's got a big one here."—Robert H. Frank, Cornell University

"Crime is costly. Punishment is costly. Mark Kleiman shows how, by being clever rather than vindictive, we can have much less of both than anyone thought possible. This book is the order of battle for a historic victory of intelligence over evil."—Michael O'Hare, University of California, Berkeley

"This is a terrific book on crime control, one that will inform experts and laypeople alike. Kleiman speaks about crime control with clarity and informed common sense."—Jim Leitzel, University of Chicago

"This book is destined to be a classic. There have been few new ideas for how to implement deterrence and this book is a fresh start at tackling the problem. It reads beautifully and is one of the most innovative and original contributions to the crime-control debate in a decade or more."—Robert J. MacCoun, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148649
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
423,223
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment 1

1 The Trap 8

2 Thinking about Crime Control 16

3 Hope 34

4 Tipping, Dynamic Concentration, and the Logic of Deterrence 49

5 Crime Despite Punishment 68

6 Designing Enforcement Strategies 86

7 Crime Control without Punishment 117

8 Guns and Gun Control 136

9 Drug Policy for Crime Control 149

10 What Could Go Wrong? 164

11 An Agenda for Crime Control 175

Notes 191

Bibliography 207

Index 227

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