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Monday, July 11, 2016

"Reducing police abuses by reducing the number of hostile interactions between police and civilians"

Ilya Somin has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy, extensively excerpting an October column from the New York Times in which Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan explained reasons other than racism to explain police killings of African-Americans. Much of the post focuses on ways to reduce the high number of interactions between police and citizens, including cutting back on the drug war. In addition, one might note how the high penalties for drug crimes make more plausible police fears that particular encounters will involve violence, by increasing suspects' incentives to avoid apprehension.

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