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Book Review: The Burglar’s Fate and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton

This holiday, I was very lucky, at the Great Dickens Fair, to score a beautiful original edition of Allan Pinkerton‘s The Burglar’s Fate and the Detectives. It is a true

Christmas Behind Bars

Darnell Hill, an inmate at San Quentin, writes about Christmas in prison. We repost his words in full today. Christmas in prison is like knowing it’s something you’re supposed to

Goodbye, Matthew Cate

Matthew Cate leaves CDCR and will take over the California Association of Counties. The L.A. Times reports: Under Schwarzenegger, Cate oversaw dramatic expansion of state prisons in an attempt to

New CDCR Chief: Jeffrey Beard

New chief of California’s prisons named Jeffrey Beard, the former head of Pennsylvania’s prisons, favors shorter sentences and community treatment. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Jeffrey Beard, 65,

On Sandy Hook, Moral Panic, and Legitimate Fear

Map of shooting incidents courtesy Mother Jones;interactive version on the website. Much of the commentary on Sandy Hook has highlighted the rise in the number of public shooting incidents in

Sandy Hook, Gun Control, and Situational Crime Prevention

Image courtesy clubrunwithus.com. Among the information that has come to light in the last few days was the fact that the innocent children and adults who were slaughtered two days

On Sandy Hook and Violence Prediction

Photo courtesy ibtimes.co.uk. In the aftermath of the dreadful Sandy Hook tragedy, much of my Facebook wall is the arena of political debates about gun control and about national mental

NYT on Mass Incarceration

In case you missed or skimmed yesterday’s New York Times article by John Tierney, go back and read it — Tierney eloquently and compellingly restates all the points we’ve collected

Sentencing Project data on prison closures

States closed twenty prisons in 2012, check out the Sentencing Project’s new report, “On the Chopping Block 2012: State Prison Closings” — the largest was the California Rehabilitation Center at estimated