MPP students study crime and drug control policy not only from a politics and policy-making level… UCLA students can study the complexity of the issues in: Community Health Sciences, Health Services, Law, Education, Psychiatry and Sociology and Anthropology
Marijuana is most often the drug of choice for adolescents in the United States, yet, "...if you took marijuana out of the equation, you would be left with relatively few--several million illicit drug users. You'd still be left with more than 85% of the total revenues of the illicit drug business." This quote from a recent Frontline interview with Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman helps to pinpoint the conflict and some of complications that cause crime and drug control policy to generate such heated debate and engage deep philosophical and social issues as well. The immediately practical issue of what kind of policies would reduce the extent of crime, drug abuse, and their consequent damage tends to get lost in the shuffle. Public Policy faculty like Prof. Kleiman and others who teach the Crime and Drug Control Policy concentration help students learn to analyze problems like this by applying the tools of policy analysis to the fundamental questions: What is the historical context, nature and extent of the problem? What are the options for dealing with it? What are the likely consequences of pursuing each possible mix of crime or drug control activities? Of those bundles of outcomes, which is the most attractive?
Courses for this concentration include: Crime and Drug Control Policy Courses:
PUB PLC C219 Crime Control Policy
PUB PLC C235 Drug Control Policy
PUB PLC 234. Labor Markets and Social Policy