criminal justice


The science of injustice

A review of Adam Benforado

The Enlightenment view of autonomous human subjects is built into the law, so the criminal justice system floats on myths and superstitions.


A future in crime?

Despite its state-of-the-art computer graphics and eye-catching special effects, Minority Report is basically a chase movie built on a question—one that Charles Dickens explored in A Christmas Carol. Dickens's Ebenezer Scrooge asks the visiting spirits if his foretold future of loneliness and gloom is how things "will" be, or how they "might" be.


Punitive measures

As an undergraduate student 25 years ago, I found myself behind bars—not as an inmate but as a correctional officer.

Reading list

Reading the Bible with the Damned. By Bob Eckblad. Westminster John Knox, 2005.

A stunning book about how studying scripture with the poor, with illegal immigrants, and especially with the imprisoned can produce extraordinarily beautiful readings—and hopefully, more redemptive politics.

Discipline and Punish. By Michel Foucault. Vintage, 1995.