"This is very good. It's not quite as good as Einstein predicting light bending around the sun, . . . but it's a step in the right direction."--James Q. Wilson
"Absolutely buy this book. Dedicate some time to it. . . . This is the most important social science book I've read in many years."--Reihan Salam, New America Foundation
"For two decades, Mark Kleiman has tried to rescue community corrections from its own incompetence as well as from its critics. In When Brute Force Fails he extends his reach to develop a more sensible system of criminal justice. The book is imaginative, thorough, and readable. It will make a difference in public policy."--Peter Reuter, University of Maryland
"Mark Kleiman draws on a mixture of common sense, rationality, analysis, and individual case studies to develop clear policy recommendations about how to reduce crime while cutting costs. Policymakers, constrained by increasingly tight budgets, would be well advised to give serious consideration to his approaches and proposals."--Alfred Blumstein, Carnegie Mellon University
"Ideas that make a real difference don't come along often. Mark Kleiman's got a big one here."--Robert H. Frank, Cornell University
"Crime is costly. Punishment is costly. Mark Kleiman shows how, by being clever rather than vindictive, we can have much less of both than anyone thought possible. This book is the order of battle for a historic victory of intelligence over evil."--Michael O'Hare, University of California, Berkeley
"This is a terrific book on crime control, one that will inform experts and laypeople alike. Kleiman speaks about crime control with clarity and informed common sense."--Jim Leitzel, University of Chicago
"This book is destined to be a classic. There have been few new ideas for how to implement deterrence and this book is a fresh start at tackling the problem. It reads beautifully and is one of the most innovative and original contributions to the crime-control debate in a decade or more."--Robert J. MacCoun, University of California, Berkeley
"When Brute Force Fails" is an instant classic and a must read.
This book is smart, cogent, and, lucid enough for the general public as well as the politicians and policy makers who must be reading it.
When Brute Force Fails illustrates many qualities that make Kleiman one of the nation's leading drug policy researchers.
This is the best book about crime. It is short and very clear. Mark Kleiman's ideas are creative and intelligent.Published 13 months ago by Renata T.
Mark discusses how to improve our crime control policies by shifting from raw punishment to more intelligent methods and the obstacles that make it difficult. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Samil Korkmaz
I'm not completely finished reading it yet, but so far it is excellent. Very insightful, and full of useful data and anecdotes to help clarify the arguments being made. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Prajwal Kulkarni
Wow. Just wow.
Less crime, less punishment. This is something that everyone can get behind. Read more
This is a clear, informative and realistic assessment of the public policy challenges posed by the American criminal justice system. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Kelly Cooper
Wonderful, easy-to-read, thought-provoking book about the American criminal justice system, how it has changed during the last 40 years, its current failings, and what to do to fix... Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by bottomofthe9th
This very well written and researched book on crime prevention demonstrates the importance of thinking outside the box when addressing the problems of crime prevention. Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Thomas L. Gowen
America's criminal justice system has a problem. It locks up about 5 times more people than any other Western country, and the Pew Center calculated in 2008 that 1% of the adult... Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by JJ vd Weele
I am a circuit judge and I study and research the most effective ways to sentence an offender. The goals are first to punish for breaking the law, then restitution for the victim,... Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Roger from Orlando