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More about the collapse of the American Criminal Justice System

Summary:  A follow-up to yesterday’s post, here we see a wide range of articles about the deep rot of America’s criminal justice system.  It’s a shameful travesty of justice, especially for a nation that prided itself as the shining city on the hill.  Now we have fallen far below the standards of other developed nations.  Only our …

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The Collapse of American Criminal Justice System

Summary:   Occasionally a book so well describes important trends for our nation that becomes a must-read for all Americans.   Such as The Collapse of American Criminal Justice by William J. Stuntz (Harvard University Press, 2011).  This post gives a brief excerpt to show its importance.  Please buy or borrow a copy.  This is part one in …

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Being a third world nation is a state of mind, as we will learn (about prison rape)

Summary:  Being a Third World nation is largely a state of mind.  The distinguishing characteristic of a First World Nation (a civilized society) is that the people (leaders and citizens) respect their laws. That’s disappearing in America.  Here we look at one small aspect of that:  how we treat our prisoners.  Links to the vast literature describing …

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Code red! The Constitution is burning.

Summary:  On 4 July 2006 this website forecast the death of the Constitution.  Depending on the verdict of our Courts and the success of our assassins, future historians might say the second American republic died this year.  You’ll miss the Constitution when it’s dead (most of you).  Not tomorrow, or next year.  But eventually.  How will you …

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The Feds decide who to lock up for life (not just at Guantanamo), another nail in the Constitution’s coffin

Summary:  Another in the ever-growing series of posts about our dying Constitution.  Death by neglect.  Neglect by both conservatives and liberals.  Links to the previous chapters appear at the end. . “When the Feds Decide Who’s Sexually Dangerous“, Wendy Kaminer, The Atlantic, May 2010 — Excerpt: In what will likely be one of her last victories …

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