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Triggers and Vulnerabilities: Why Prisons Are Uniquely Vulnerable to COVID-19 and What To Do About It

When I reviewed the causes and effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis for Cheap on Crime, I relied partly on a series of lectures given by Ben Bernanke, Director of the

Distress Call: Suicide Rates in California Prisons

A couple of years ago, Michael Bien alerted us at his keynote speech at WSC to an alarming trend: mental illness was on the rise in CA prisons even as

Facing Criminal Charges to Save Animals, Part V: The Meaning of Doing Time for the Animals

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV There are lots of interesting cases involving animal welfare, animal rights, and the complicated terrain of animal personhood. But what is unique to the criminal

More Progressive Punitivism, the Manafort Edition: Conservatives, Maoists, and the SCUM Manifesto

 This morning on Twitter, Shaun King took on the schadenfreude festival that surrounded the reports that Paul Manafort–perhaps the shrewdest collaborator with the Russians in the context of the 2016

Are CA Prisons Really Less Crowded?

Hello, Dear Readers, It’s been a while since I updated this blog, and it’s time for an update as well as a substantive post. I am hard at work trying

Heat Wave in Corcoran: Holding Hostages, Talking Consumers

A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me an email about a serious heat wave in Corcoran prison. According to inmates’ family members, the temperatures in the cells were