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James Reynolds’ Last Suppers Photo Essay Offers A Cafeteria-Style Look at Capital Punishment

April 2, 2012 by

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Fried chicken. A doughnut and a milkshake. Several bottles of Coca-Cola. An assortment of tropical fruits. These were the last meals of death row inmates recreated by a graphic artist, James Reynolds, in the United Kingdom in a series titled Last Suppers. What do these images say to you? To me, they speak not only […]

3 Reasons We Should Not Privatize Prisons

March 27, 2012 by

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There is a popular, if unexamined, belief that privatizing government functions is a good idea. People think that private companies with a profit motive will be less wasteful and more efficient, without sacrificing quality of services. This argument ties into a uniquely American mindset, a sincere desire to root for David (in this case, business) […]

Inmates are on Facebook But I’m Not Panicking

March 17, 2012 by

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Inmates are on Facebook. (pause) I gave you a moment there to just let that sink in, because in this country we are so accustomed to being harsh and punitive that it’s difficult to imagine inmates doing anything normal. A lot of people don’t even want prisoners to have access to something as benign as┬átelevision, […]

Gerrymandering – No You Can’t Make Up Your Own Definitions

March 8, 2012 by

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Gerrymandering. It’s a goofy word. Like, if you said, “Hey, have you heard about what happened with Gerry Mandering?” Someone might ask, “Who?” Or you could say, “We really should do something about that gerrymandering problem.” Your friend might say, “Oh, when panhandlers stand on the median of a busy street and you’re scared they’ll […]