Learning from Crack

26 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2012 Last revised: 20 Mar 2012

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Mark William Osler

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Date Written: 2012


This relatively brief (6,900 word) essay tells a compelling story and makes a simple point: That the development and spread of crack cocaine in the United States was a product of economics rather than a grand conspiracy or government action. “Learning from Crack” takes a close look at where crack came from and where it went, while urging a business-model approach to addressing crime which is driven by economic forces.

Keywords: crack cocaine, sentencing, criminal law, criminal justice

Suggested Citation

Osler, Mark William, Learning from Crack (2012). U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2025153 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2025153

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