Many thanks to Radley Balko for asking me to be a guest blogger here on The Agitator. You may be wondering, to borrow a quote, “Who am I and why am I here?”
I’m Peter Moskos, a professor of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. In some ways–as an ivy-league educated egghead, a tax-and-spend liberal, and a former police officer–I couldn’t be more of a miss-match for The Agitator. So extra kudos to Balko for asking me to write here!
Mostly, given my sociology background, I’m interested in issues of crime and punishment, but I usually focus on things police related. I wrote Cop in the Hood about Baltimore and the War on Drugs. As to the drug war, I’m against it (ahh… I knew Radley and I had something in common). I also have a blog and a new book coming out in a few weeks. But more on the latter, later.
In the meantime, I happy to be here and very pleased to meet you.