Froswa Booker-Drew (Antioch): Social Capital: Friend or Foe in the Lives of Two Prominent Incarcerated Individuals. Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk): We Are Always Already Imprisoned: Hyper-Incarceration and Black Male Identity Performance. The shame of three strikes laws: While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks. How should inmates be released from prison? An assessment of parole versus fixed sentence regimes. From Mother Jones, a special report on America's 10 worst prisons. Nearly 1 in 100 Americans is incarcerated — but how well can journalists cover prisons if they can’t get past the gates? Andrew Cohen on one of the darkest periods in the history of American prisons: Recent lawsuits and Justice Department investigations have uncovered grotesque abuses of mentally ill inmates at state and local prisons — yet Washington refuses to investigate allegations of similar mistreatment at federal penitentiaries. From Vice, Bert Burykill on how there’s no sex in prison showers. Which is safer, city streets or prison? Nicola Twilley interviews Alyse Emdur, author of Prison Landscapes. Could fighting ex-con discrimination be a conservative cause? Alec MacGillis wonders.

Sinead O'Donnell Dunn (GSA): The Appropriation of Falafel as the “National Dish of Israel” and Palestinian National Identity: An Exercise in the Application of Postcolonial Methodology. From The Washington Monthly, Phillip Longman on how the U.S. spends $13 billion a year subsidizing graduate medical education — yet almost all of this money winds up producing the wrong kinds of doctors in the wrong places, with America’s most elite teaching hospitals being the worst offenders; Haley Sweetland Edwards on the shadowy cartel of doctors that controls Medicare; and Candice Chen on a day in the life of a primary care doctor. From The Straddler, the consultant we deserve: James Comerford and Dan Monaco on Barack Obama and the American enterprise; and Kim Ghattas on her book The Secretary: A Journey With Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power. From LRB, trouble in paradise: Slavoj Zizek on the global protest; and what’s in it for Obama? Stephen Holmes reviews The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti. The new warrior cop is out of control: An excerpt from Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko. Andrew Sullivan on a redder and bluer world. Racists love Ron and Rand Paul for some reason. It’s weird how often the folks with a “passion for freedom” end up being involved in neo-Confederate and white supremacist politics.

From Democracy, Timothy Noah on how economic policy isn’t just another front in the culture war — we must champion both fairness and efficiency regardless of popular whim; Jordan Michael Smith reviews Losing the Center: The Decline of American Liberalism, 1968-1992 by Jeffrey Bloodworth; and Elbert Ventura on how the conservative assault on government workers is in full swing — progressives are doing too little to fight back. David Harsanyi on the Left's phony defense of freedom: The NSA scandal didn't just reveal PRISM — it also exposed serious hypocrisy in the Democratic Party. Andrew Levison and Ruy Teixeira on why the Democrats still need working-class white voters: For all the excitement about left-leaning demographics, a real majority party needs better numbers among blue-collar whites. Generation Leftover: Jeffrey St. Clair on the silent death of the American Left. Far from posing a progressive alternative, the Democratic Party represses the revolutionary energy of workers to keep them firmly within the system. Walter Williams on understanding liberals and progressives. What’s Left: Have progressives abandoned every cause save gay marriage? (and part 2) Bhaskar Sunkara on how liberalism — including much of what’s published in The Nation — seems well-intentioned but inadequate; the solution lies in the re-emergence of American radicalism.