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Hillary, Bill, and Race

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On February 17, 2016
To what extent does Hillary Clinton deserve responsibility for her husband’s policies? How much credit should she get for the good ones? How much should we damn her for the bad ones? How much of the politics of the 1990s matter in the 2010s? These are important questions because Hillary is running in part on […]

Ban the Box

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On November 16, 2015

I don’t think anyone mentioned this when it happened two weeks ago, so let me do so here. Obama deciding to “ban the box,” i.e., eliminate the job application question about an appli

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The New Slavery

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On September 23, 2015
Michelle Alexander has called the prison system The New Jim Crow for how it replicates the racial discrimination of the past. That’s only part of it though becuase a racist justice system combined with seeing prisoners as cheap labor means that black people are once again laboring against their will for nothing (or almost nothing) […]

Norwegian Prisons

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On April 1, 2015

If you are like me, i.e. a good American, you are outraged by those herring choker Norwegians and their prison systems designed to rehabilitate inmates so they can be productive members of society. Re

Grassroots History

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On March 23, 2015

This is an incredible story of inmates at an Indiana prison doing grassroots research on the history of their own prison with assistance from a historian-volunteer. Not surprising, the findings sugges

The Prison Labor Complex

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On November 19, 2014
The California Attorney General’s office opposed the release of inmates because the state wanted to use them as cheap firefighter labor. Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that attorneys in Harris’ office had unsuccessfully argued in court that the state could not release the prisoners it had agreed to release because “if forced to […]

The Carceral State

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On July 28, 2014

It’s entirely possible that in 100 years, historians will look back on the early 21st century United States and remark not only on the racist prison system that shows how little advanced we are

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