Hamish Stewart (Toronto): The Wrong of Mass Punishment. M. Buna interviews Jackie Wang, author of Carceral Capitalism. Prison is another word for lynching: Sarah Knopp interviews Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. Want to stay out of prison? Choose rich parents. What if prosecutors wanted to keep people out of prison? Some good news: America’s incarceration rate is at a two-decade low — but the US incarceration rate is still the highest in the world.

Sharon Dolovich (UCLA): Prison Conditions. Rape in the American prison: In 2003, Congress passed legislation to eliminate sexual assaults against inmates — one young man’s story shows how elusive that goal remains. Michelle Butler (QUB), Gavin Slade (Glasgow), and Camila Nunes Dias (UFABC): Self-governing Prisons: Prison Gangs in an International Perspective. Elizabeth Hinton on turning prisons into colleges. Sonya Posmentier interviews Daniel Karpowitz and Jessica Neptune on College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration.

From the ACLU, Janos Marton on the nationwide prison strike: Why it’s happening and what it means for ending mass incarceration. Prisoners nationwide on strike over poor conditions and forced labor — including firefighting. America’s prisoners are on strike — we can’t afford to deny their demands.


Elizabeth S. Scott (Columbia), Richard J. Bonnie (Virginia), and Laurence Steinberg (Temple): Young Adulthood as a Transitional Legal Category: Science, Social Change and Justice Policy. The problem with Trump whining about the Fed and interest rates. For historians, the business of studying monuments like UNC’s Silent Sam takes a toll. River O’Connor: “I just hacked a state election. I’m 17. And I’m not even a very good hacker”. Malcolm Turnbull could be the third Australian prime minister in the past decade to lose the position over a climate dispute. Josephine Livingston on Asia Argento, Avital Ronell, and the integrity of #MeToo. Looking for life on a flat Earth: What a burgeoning movement says about science, solace, and how a theory becomes truth. Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists Peter Brimelow at his home.

What Michael Cohen’s plea and Paul Manafort’s conviction mean for Trump and the Mueller investigation. What the Manafort verdict means: It’s Robert Mueller’s biggest victory yet, in one of the most successful special counsel investigations in history. When a veteran and Eagle Scout meets an eternal cynic, who wins? Jim Sleeper on the hidden motivations of Robert Mueller. There is always a tweet: Dara Lind on why Donald Trump can’t distance himself from Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, in one tweet. With Cohen plea, GOP faces familiar Trump quandary. Michael Cohen’s guilty plea underscores congressional Republicans’ total abdication of responsibility.


“Law and order” candidate Trump is surrounded by criminals. “They’re squeezing Don Jr. right now”: As the Mueller siege tightens, Trump’s Twitter rage crests. A “perjury trap” isn’t the real reason Trump won’t answer Mueller’s questions. The media keeps giving Trump the benefit of the doubt on collusion. “In related news, I’m sad to report that irony was repeatedly shot and killed today. It’s body was dismembered and dumped off the GW Bridge. RIP Irony”. The Mueller investigation is showing how badly we’ve failed to prosecute white-collar crime.

Conservatives can’t identify journalism, confuse it with doxxing. The power of truth in a “post-truth” age: Fifty years on, the Czech philosophers of the Prague Spring have much to offer the current moment. Self-preservation is Trumping loyalty in Trump’s world. Can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump? Trump’s base has become too delusional for the GOP’s own good. If the Republican Party is going to regain sanity, it needs to lose people like Tom Cotton.

The most intense and dangerous period of the Trump presidency is about to begin. E.J. Dionne on how America is slouching toward autocracy. What is the best way to push back against Donald Trump? Elizabeth Warren just unveiled a dramatic plan to eradicate Washington corruption: Warren’s Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act is a plan to ensure a Trump administration never happens again.

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