The Glenn Show: Glenn Loury and Mark Kleiman

3/10-3/12/2012

Glenn Loury (Watson Institute for International and Public AffairsBrown University) and Mark Kleiman (The Reality-Based CommunityNYUWhen Brute Force Fails)

Mark and Glenn start off by recalling Harvard’s Kennedy School in 1980s, where they both came to know James Q. Wilson. Mark says liberals got the crime question wrong, while Glenn urges that “crime” be placed in broad political perspective. Glenn asks why the US imprisons so many—could the answer be American democracy? Glenn and Mark argue the merits of the new parole supervision policy reflected in Project HOPE. They close with a heated debate on crime, human nature, and Wilson’s legacy

You can get the show HERE

My favorite theory from Dr. Kleiman as a police strategy is Enforcement Swamping. In a nut shell Swamping occurs, lets say in a parking lot when police give extra enforcement at the entrances so persons using the parking lots might believe that this “extra enforcement” is throughout the parking area and the “bad people” believe that it is risky to use the parking lot and either go somewhere else or stop there bad activities.