The Drugs and Violence Connection

Last night criminologist David Kennedy came to Stanford Law School accompanied by East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis to discuss innovative strategies for reducing shootings and homicides in low income neighborhoods. David said he constantly faces scepticism that violence can be diminished in the inner city unless drug use and dealing are first eliminated. His response:

We have lots of communities in America that have drug use, drug dealing. and no violence. They’re called ‘suburbs’

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

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Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.