Natural Experiments on the Relationships Among Drug Legalization, Crime, Violence, and Political Mobilization

This project studies law, police activity, and citizen reaction through studies of two particular situations – the killing of a suspect by police and the resulting public protests; and the effects of marijuana legalization upon the occurrence of crime in neighboring regions. Both studies involve the collection and coding of large amounts of publicly-available police records from each location.


Christopher Fariss

The Charles Koch Foundation

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