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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

Coronavirus and Criminal Justice Compendium

GeneralNo need to wait for pandemics: The public health case for criminal justice reformCalifornia Coalition of Women Prisoners Syllabus on Coronavirus and Corrections Crime RatesConcerns about layoffs leading to rise

Politics and Penality

In addition to being engrossed in my animal rights/criminal justice project, I have the happy and challenging obligation of writing an encyclopedia entry for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology

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

Madam Secretary and How Things Could Be: Democracts, What Is your Criminal Justice Agenda?

The wonderful CBS series Madam Secretary, whose fifth season is out, features Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a Secretary of State in a parallel universe in which responsible adults with

Good Intentions, Bad Consequences: Appreciating the Value of “We Blew It” Explanations of Mass Incarceration

In his 1985 masterpiece Visions of Social Control, criminological giant Stanley Cohen starts off by identifying the main features that transformed the way Western industrialized societies control deviance, which were

Prison Abolitionism, Anti-Zionism, and the Risks of Fashionable Thoughtlessness

More than five years ago, I started noticing that people whose positions on mass incarceration and its discontents were similar to mine were identifying as “prison abolitionists.” Whenever I was

Progressive Punitivism: Notes on the Pursuit of Social Justice through Penal Means

One reaction I’ve gotten on my fairly popular post about the Kavanaugh hearings is that many people were feeling some unease around “progressive punitivism” but couldn’t quite put their finger

Trumpland: Worse Than Nixon

The Trump Administration has published its 100-day plan. Read carefully: it includes mass deportations, as well as a Nixonian plan for federal funding of the police. The cycle continues. The

Wear a White Rose

When my students arrived to class today, they were greeted with dozens of white roses–one at every seat. We talked about the election. Our Muslim students talked about their family’s