Afghan farmers work at a poppy field in Jalalabad province (REUTERS/Parwiz).

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Calibrating Law Enforcement and Its Purpose

November 10, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

In response to an article written by Harold Pollack and Peter Reuter on whether or not tougher enforcement makes drugs more expensive, Vanda Felbab-Brown argues that rather than trying to suppress drug supply and raise the street price, law enforcement should prioritize targeting the most dangerous actors to “create signals within the market” and shape the behavior of criminal groups toward business practices that generate fewer security and social harms.

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