global-security-seminarWhen: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to by December 7, 11am
$30 dinner/$35 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $9.


We have too much crime and vastly too many people behind bars.  Is it possible to have less of both?  Yes, if the criminal justice system can learn what everyone who has ever successfully raised a child or trained a puppy know – the right amount of punishment is the minimum that gets the message across, and that minimum effective dose is smaller if rules are clearly communicated and if punishments follow violations swiftly and predictably.  There are now working examples of successful strategies based on these principles, but the political and journalistic debate about crime has yet to catch up to progress on the ground.  Doing things we already know how to do, we could have half as much crime and half as many people in prison in ten years from now as we have today.


Mark A.R. Kleiman is Professor of Public Policy at UCLA.  His latest book is When Brute Force Fails:  How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton University Press, 2009).  A New York Times Review will be found in  Other book publications include Marijuana:  Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood Press, 1989) and Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic Books, 1992).  He edits the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis and blogs at The Reality-Based Community,  Mark graduate from Haverford College and received his Ph.D. in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he taught before coming to UCLA. He has worked in Capitol Hill (for Les Aspin), a Polaroid Corporation (for Edwin Land) in Boston City Hall and at the Justice Department.


John P. Sullivan is a lieutenant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s  Department. He currently serves as Tactical Planning Lieutenant  managing command and control teams and crisis action planning.  He is  a career police officer and researcher specializing in conflict  studies, terrorism, gangs, intelligence, and urban operations Board on Equipment  Standardization and Interoperability for terrorism response.  He is  co-founder of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) Group and  a member of the California Gang Investigators Association.

The Global Security Seminar: Monthly Dinner Seminars for Professionals at the UCLA Faculty Center on International Politics and National Public Policy.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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