Legislative action may be slow, but a new consensus is emerging: massive incarceration is unsustainable, both morally and financially.
To Robert Ferguson, Calvinist roots lead European-Americans to see all punishments meted out to humans as righteous. Yet ultimate blame for our prisons is our own.
The hunger strike among California prison inmates is a month old today.
The state's corrections department maintains that the strike is a ploy to free up gangs to do business behind bars. But the longer this thing goes, the more ridiculous that sounds.
The Geneva Convention forbids excessive use of solitary confinement. Yet the U.S. persists in using it as punishment.
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