Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and is an affiliated faculty member at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. He served as a drug policy advisor in the Bush and Obama White Houses, and currently advises many state and national governments on how scientific evidence can inform policies regarding addiction and other psychiatric disorders. His Wonkblogging focuses mainly on addiction, drug policy, mental health and the criminal justice system.
Latest from Keith Humphreys

Prisons are getting Whiter. That’s one way mass incarceration might end.

Getting many Americans to stop seeing prisons as a ‘Black problem’ is a key to reform.

February 26, 2021

Widespread testing might not work in America. We love our ‘freedom’ too much.

Gun-toting protesters are bad, but broader distrust in government may be worse.

May 14, 2020

Yes, marijuana has a gateway effect. But so do most addictive substances.

Those who mocked Joe Biden for suggesting marijuana can lead to other drugs got the science wrong.

November 20, 2019

We can’t fight opioids by controlling demand alone

Unless authorities also cut back on the supply, drug policy will continue to fail.

July 5, 2019

How jails stay full even as crime falls

How does the correctional system keep jails full when there aren’t as many crimes? By locking up people awaiting trial.

June 6, 2019

Black imprisonment rates are down. It’s important to know why.

Let's find out what's been working and expand on it.

April 30, 2019

In push for marijuana legalization, 2020 Democrats side with industry

The less profit-driven legalization options available haven’t gotten much attention.

March 13, 2019

The new criminal justice law will modestly shrink prison populations. Should we go further?

The federal role in incarceration has expanded in recent decades. Should Congress do more to change it?

February 25, 2019

The prescription drug epidemic no one’s talking about

Like opioids, benzodiazepines' effects on most users include relaxation and slowed breathing. They are also addictive and can cause an overdose.

January 18, 2019

O’Rourke’s towering advantage in the 2020 Democratic primary

Winning the primary is a tall task. He may measure up to it.

December 28, 2018