Corey Pegues is a retired NYPD police chief who started life selling crack cocaine on the streets of New York City when he was a young teenager.

He miraculously changed his entire life and left the crime behind him. He took to fighting the violence and social problems that drugs and criminal gangs bring with them into local communities and speaks to Cormac Moore on episode one of the Project 10 Podcast about life on both sides of the law.

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In the first episode of the Project 10 podcast series, the area of legalising drugs to reduce crime is explored. 

One of the experts who features is Dr Mark Thornton, who completed his PhD on the economics of prohibition era America. Having looked into the data from the past when America outlawed the sale and consumption of alcohol, Dr Thornton has drawn comparisons to the current prohibition on drugs.

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Project 10 podcast is a 10 part series exploring a range of controversial, topical and thought provoking ideas.

What does a former crack cocaine dealer turned NYPD police chief have to say about legalising drugs? What happened the murder rate in the United States when alcohol was prohibited? Is there evidence to show that drug dealing might improve the the standard of living in some impoverished communities in Ireland?

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