Responses: Elliott Currie

Responses: Elliott Currie

Michael Tomasky has some good points, but he takes them much too far. The good points are that communities deserve a high level of public safety, that police are probably more capable of helping to provide it than some people (left, right, or center) have assumed, and that therefore the left should support police crime-prevention strategies that deliver the goods. I agree with all of that, though I’d also add that it’s hardly a new sentiment for the left, and that indeed most left criminologists that I know—including me—have agreed for years. The left-bashing tone Tomasky adopts, therefore, is both distracting and off the mark. There are people on the left who fit the straw figure Tomasky erects, but most don’t, and there are fewer of them all the time.

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