Same wing… better gremlins

Lists of conservatives or other right-wingers whom you should know: David Brooks, a reader of Rod Dreher (I'm mentioned in this one). I echo the praise for Megan McArdle, Tim Carney, Ross Douthat, Daniel Larison/AmCon generally (I am not being paid to tell you that!), Ramesh Ponnuru on domestic policy, and Radley Balko. You might also be interested in this piece about 'wingers vs. mass incarceration, although I admit that I still haven't finished it.Not sure how many names I can add to these … [Read more...]

“Ancient Prescriptions for New Prisons”

This article is heavily filtered through multiple stages of observation and interpretation. And it's hard to draw policy prescriptions from broad comparisons between different countries--we're often told that we should adopt wholesale the policies of France or Sweden, or in this case Israel, and these prescriptions usually ignore at least some of the reasons we haven't done that already. But I hope Rabbi Adlerstein's article helps expand what we think is possible and desirable in prisons: Can … [Read more...]

“Criminal Justice, Civil Liberties Issues Missing from 2012 Campaign”

Radley Balko with a must-read roundup post. Balko is such a hero. … [Read more...]

“The Prison-Education Complex”

takes a few paragraphs to get going but once you're past the irrelevant personal narrative and into the book report it gets good: ...With zero-tolerance enforcement demanding obedience for its own sake, students become accustomed to being threatened with arrest for minor transgressions; many, eventually, are arrested; they get dragged to the police station and miss class; they accumulate summons and have to spend a day at court; some go to juvenile detention or jail. “The school, where they are … [Read more...]

“Private purchasing of prisons locks in occupancy rates”

There is no way this could go wrong!: At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. more (via Jendi Reiter) … [Read more...]

After the house of the dead

The extensive government regulation of behavior extends after the prison. As UCLA law professor Sharon Dolovich argues in “Creating the Permanent Prisoner,” those leaving prison enter into a dense web of government management, simultaneously punitive and neglectful. People who leave prison face “[b]ans on entry into public housing, restrictions on public-sector employment, limits on access to federal loans for higher education, and restrictions on the receipt of public assistance… The American Ba … [Read more...]

“Drug decriminalization in Portugal decreases number of addicts”

via The Fix. … [Read more...]