Crime control policy expert Mark A. R. Kleiman will present "How to Reduce Crime by Releasing Prisoners" as part of Cleveland-Marshall's Criminal Justice Forum.
Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, where his current scholarly work focuses on the theory that swift, predictable punishment substituted for severity in the criminal justice system generally, and in community-corrections institutions specifically, will significantly reduce crime while decreasing the prison population.
He is the author several books, including Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control; and Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results. His book, When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, was listed by The Economist as one of the "Books of the Year" for 2009. He blogs at The Reality-Based Community, at samefacts.org .
Professor Kleiman serves as an advisor to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy. Before joining the UCLA faculty in1995, he taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Rochester. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as director of Policy and Management Analysis for the Criminal Division.