Peter Moskos

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Peter Moskos
Born Chicago, Illinois
Police career
Department Baltimore Police Department
Years of service 1999–2001
Rank Sworn in as an officer – 1999

Peter Moskos is a former Baltimore Police Department officer who is now an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in the Department of Sociology. The son of military and Greek American sociologist Charles Moskos, he specializes in policing, crime, and punishment. Moskos was listed by The Atlantic as one of their "Brave Thinkers of 2011".[1]

Cop in the Hood[edit]

Moskos authored the award winning[2] 2008 book Cop in the Hood, describing his experiences as a police officer in Baltimore's Eastern District from 1999 - 2001.[3][4] Moskos, a Harvard graduate[5] student raised in a white middle class liberal household describes his first hand experiences with poverty and violent crime in the Baltimore Police Department's Eastern District[6] which encompassed a virtually all African American ghetto of East Baltimore.[7]

In the book, Moskos argues in favor of reforming the criminal justice system and the legalization of drugs. After calling for drug legalization in a Washington Post op-ed,[8] Moskos was attacked by President Obama's Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske,[9] and the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Russell B. Laine.[10]

Corporal punishment[edit]

Moskos second book advocated judicial corporal punishment as an alternative to incarceration[11] and was reviewed in The Economist[12] and other publications.


  1. ^ "Atlantic's Brave Thinkers 2011". 
  2. ^ "The American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence". 
  3. ^ Heller, Jordan (Aug 26, 2008). "The Ivy Leaguer Who Took on Prop Joe". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  4. ^ Hammond, Ed (Aug 30, 2008). "First Person". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "John Jay College of Criminal Justice". 
  6. ^ Moskos, Peter (2008) [2008]. Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District (Revised ed.). Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14008-7. Harvard trained sociologist Peter Moskos became a cop in Baltimore's roughest neighborhood-the Eastern District. 
  7. ^ Moskos, Peter (2008) [2008]. Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District (Revised ed.). Princeton University Press. pp. 10–11. ISBN 978-0-691-14008-7. The area suffers from crime, drugs, and blight. Ninety-seven percent of the district is African American. 
  8. ^ Moskos, Peter; Stanford "Neill" Franklin (Aug 17, 2009). "It’s Time to Legalize Drugs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Morgan, Scott (10/07/2009). "Irony Alert: Drug Czar Complains About Media Bias". Retrieved 2009-10-10.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Laine, Russell B (2009-08-21). "letter to editor (unpublished)". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  11. ^ Moskos, Peter (2011). In Defense of Flogging. Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-02148-2. 
  12. ^ "Sing Sing or the lash: Should America flog criminals instead of jailing them?". The Economist. July 23, 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 

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