Mark Kleiman on How to Reduce Crime, and Punishment

Forget 'Tough on Crime,' We Need to be Smart


In When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment,`4 Mark Kleiman argues for a smarter approach to crime. Below, he explains why our current method of crime control is the worst of both worlds, and how applying a few new principles could simultaneously reduce crime and our prison population. Kleiman, a UCLA public policy professor, visited Zócalo at the California Endowment and told us more about his approach to crime.

Crime, even after a decade of falling crime rates, remains a huge problem, and a major …