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Towards smarter corrections

Professor Mark Kleiman
74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
10.00-11.00am Tuesday 26 February 2013

Crime and punishment can both be considered as social evils. In some circumstances, it is worth inflicting more punishment in order to have less crime. But it would be preferable to have less of both.

Systems of deferred, sporadic, and yet occasionally severe punishment create much less crime reduction at far higher cost than could be achieved by more of a focus on swiftness and certainty rather than severity. Tightly coupling offender outcomes to offender behaviour can also help offenders develop the capacity crucial to their successful integration into law-abiding society.

Criminal justice supervision outside the walls of correctional institutions offers major opportunities for reform, and some programs of "smart community corrections" show dramatic results in the form of reduced crime, reduced incarceration, reduced expenditure, and transformed lives.

Mark Kleiman, Professor of Public Policy, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Professor Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He teaches courses on methods of policy analysis, on imperfectly rational decision-making at the individual and social level, and on drug abuse and crime control policy. His current focus is on reducing crime and incarceration by substituting swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system generally and in community-corrections institutions specifically. Recent projects include studies of the HOPE probation system and of the relationship between drug policy and violence in Afghanistan and Mexico.

In addition to his academic work, Professor. Kleiman provides advice to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy. Before coming to UCLA in 1995, he taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at the University of Rochester. Outside of academia, he has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice (as Director of Policy and Management Analysis for the Criminal Division), for the City of Boston (as Deputy Director for Management of the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget), for Polaroid Corporation (as Special Assistant to the CEO, Edwin Land), and on Capitol Hill (as a legislative assistant to Congressman Les Aspin). He graduated from Haverford College (magna cum laude, majoring in political science, philosophy, and economics) and did his graduate work (M.P.P. and Ph.D.) at the Kennedy School.

Professor Kleiman blogs at The Reality-Based Community, at He is visiting Australia to deliver a keynote address at Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference 2013 hosted by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 27-28 February 2013

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