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Why do we lock up so many at great cost & for no gain?

“Locking up our Own” is a gripping and essential book. In it Prof Forman explains how we got here and recommends a bold path out.

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Harsh truths about mass incarceration in America

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.   …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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