Harsh truths about mass incarceration in America

Justice lying down

Summary: Here is a different -- and disturbing -- perspective on the strange US criminal justice system, unlike the "standard version" that dominate the news media. We can't fix what we don't understand.   Excerpt from "More Justice, Less Crime." By Joseph M. Bessette. In the Claremont Review of Books, Summer 2017. Visuals added.   … Continue reading Harsh truths about mass incarceration in America

See America’s income inequality grow during 1979-2011, a driver of Campaign 2016

Summary: To understand this election we must see the accumulated stresses which produced the insurgencies in both parties. Rising income inequality -- "the hollowing out" of the middle class and rise of the 1% -- is probably the biggest, yet still poorly understood (until recently conservatives denied it). This great study by one of our … Continue reading See America’s income inequality grow during 1979-2011, a driver of Campaign 2016

We get a new police for our New America, but prefer not to see these changes

Summary: Today we look at changes in American law enforcement, another aspect of the New America rising around us. We have been slow to see this, despite increasingly loud warnings during the past 2 decades. Now that the evidence has become too loud to ignore, many American respond with active denial. It's a test of … Continue reading We get a new police for our New America, but prefer not to see these changes

Can We Fix Our Shameful Prisons? Why they should be, and why we might not do so.

Summary:  The recent attention to police shootings of unarmed men (mostly Black) shouldn't distract us from the big picture, that police violence is but one part of a mad brutal system. Our criminal justice apparatus is broken. A disgrace for a great nation, easily the worst among the developed nations. It works for those who … Continue reading Can We Fix Our Shameful Prisons? Why they should be, and why we might not do so.

The Disgrace of Our Criminal {in}Justice System, and hints of reform in the air

Summary:  Horrific stories about our criminal injustice system, and hints of reform blooming. Information on this website tends to the abstract. Statistics, trends, bloodless information. Today we have the opposite. David Cole reviews books telling small scale stories showing an illness in America's soul, one unique among the world's developed nations -- and gives hints … Continue reading The Disgrace of Our Criminal {in}Justice System, and hints of reform in the air