Convention of Ex-Slaves in 1916

Just fascinating, via Ghosts of DC. … [Read more...]

Friday Links: Wal-Mart, Letter to My Freshman Self, Kitchen Tricks, And Much More

What I'm reading. If you follow me on Twitter you've seen some of these--but not all! Radley Balko does an AMA (Ask Me Anything) about his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop. Tons of interesting q&a about police practices and culture. And more from Balko, "New Study Finds that State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction." I see no way this could go wrong! Megan McArdle: "Why Wal-Mart Will Never Pay Like Costco." Useful reading, important in correcting various economic myths, although … [Read more...]

“Drawing Down: How to Roll Back Police Militarization in America”: Radley Balko

writes: ...Today in America, SWAT teams are deployed about 100 to 150 times per day, or about 50,000 times per year -- a dramatic increase from the 3,000 or so annual deployments in the early 1980s, or the few hundred in the 1970s. The vast majority of today's deployments are to serve search warrants for drug crimes. But the use of SWAT tactics to enforce regulatory law also appears to be rising. This month, for example, a SWAT team raided the Garden of Eden, a sustainable growth farm in … [Read more...]

“We Need a Whistleblower Prize”: Radley Balko

at HuffPo: ...High-level whistleblowers know when they come forward that they're sacrificing their national security clearance, likely their jobs, and quite possibly their freedom. Set aside for a moment what you think about the actions of Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. Imagine you have a top-level security clearance, and you discover in the course of your work evidence of illegal government activity. Even going through the proper internal channels carries risks, and aren't likely to change … [Read more...]

“What We Taught Children to Do to Other Children”

Indiegogo site raising money for Fix My Kid, a documentary on the abuses of the "troubled teen industry." (More here.) … [Read more...]

Two Very Different Links About Prison

First of all, America's prison population is finally falling. Via Jesse Walker, I think. Second, "Tenth and Greenwich (Women's House of Detention)" is pretty amazing, and you should give it a spin. Via Helen Rittelmeyer. … [Read more...]

“Will the Great US Penal Reform Tip the Balance for Addicts?”: The Fix

feature: ...Now, after decades of runaway incarceration fueled greatly by the War on Drugs, California is in the midst of what one expert calls “the biggest penal experiment in modern history,” diverting tens of thousands of inmates from state prisons to local supervision. California’s so-called realignment leads a growing pack of sentencing and legal reforms nationwide, all designed to change how the US treats low-level offenders—most of them facing drug charges, and many suffering … [Read more...]


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