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Killing Them Softly

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Wednesday, July 1, 1998

Do needle-exchange programs ward off disease—or consign addicts to death on the installment plan?

It's Time to End the War on Drugs

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

When President Nixon announced a war on drugs in 1972, Nobel laureate and Hoover fellow Milton Friedman attacked the program as immoral and counterproductive. Twenty-five years later, Friedman is more convinced than ever.

Too Many Cops Think It's a War

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

When New York City police were accused of torturing a Haitian immigrant recently, the city's police commissioner claimed that the incident was an "aberration." Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara doubts it. An essay by the former San Jose chief of police.

Making Criminals Pay

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Thursday, January 1, 1998

Genesee County leads a national movement to make criminals accountable to their victims

The Costs of Getting Tough

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

In November 1994, California voters passed Proposition 184, the "three strikes" ballot initiative. The initiative required criminals to receive life sentences for third felony convictions. How has the law been working? According to Hoover fellow and former San Jose chief of police Joseph D. McNamara, not well at all.

Mugged by Reality

by Eugene H. Methvinvia Policy Review
Tuesday, July 1, 1997

We know how to contain the epidemic of crime

One Nation Under God

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Tuesday, July 1, 1997

Joe Loconte on the Christian invasion of a Texas prison

Why Mafias Develop

by Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Mafias operate in Sicily, the United States, Russia, and elsewhere. Hoover fellow Annelise Anderson examines the economics of organized crime.

How the Mob Rules Russia

by Richard F. Staarvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Responsible sources estimate that two-fifths of the Russian economy is already in the hands of organized crime. Hoover fellow Richard F. Staar explains how the mob runs entire regions of the biggest country on earth-and exerts influence in the Kremlin itself.

The Economic Approach to Fighting Crime

by Guity Nashat, Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Nobel Prize-winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker and Hoover fellow Guity Nashat point out that, like everyone else, criminals respond to incentives.

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