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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Can progressive prosecutors achieve meaningful criminal-justice reform?
Why parole in America is just another prison
From a letter written in 1897 to the editor of the British newspaper the Daily Chronicle. The letter is included in The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde, published in…
Unfit for trial: a discussion of Alisa Roth’s book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness
What the U.S. Olympic Committee can — and can’t — do about sexual abuse
From letters sent by Arsenii Formakov to his family, in Riga. Formakov was a Latvian poet, novelist, and journalist. In 1940, he was arrested for anti-Soviet activities and sentenced to…
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
Where pregnant women have more to fear than Zika
"The overall impression I came away with from the court decision was that Jarvis Jay Masters was considered a low-grade person who only deserved a low-grade trial. It’s certainly what he got."
There are two things I think about nearly every time I row out into San Francisco Bay. One is a passage from Shankar Vedantam’s The Hidden Brain, in which he…