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The Racketeer Is a Step Back for Grisham

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.20.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

John Grisham is a good writer and in some instances he is a great writer, but with The Racketeer he only uses a small amount of the talent he has shown in the past.

Incarcerating Our Budgets

Michael Bendetson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

Since 1987, government spending on corrections has grown a 127% in comparison to a meager 21% increase in educational funding. If a nation's budget is a symbol of its priorities, Uncle Sam is in trouble.

Crimmigration: How Misdemeanor Offenses Are Becoming Modern-Day Jim Crow Laws

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

In his recently released book "Texas Tough: The Rise of a Prison Empire", author Robert Perkinson analyzes the life and times of America's harshest, l...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Virginia executed Paul Powell for murdering a 16-year-old girl and raping and attempting to murder her 14-year-old sister. Reading the details of the crime, your instinctive response is utter revulsion and a cry for justice to be done. But state-sanctioned killing -- unless it is for reasons of national security -- is not something we as a society should be doing. In America, 139 people on death row have been exonerated. And a study on death penalty appeals found two-thirds of all death sentences were overturned due to serious errors, including prosecutorial misconduct. Then there is the cost: it is much more expensive to execute a prisoner than to send him to prison for life. For example, California could save $125 million a year if it eliminated the death penalty. That's a lot of money for a state cutting social services to the bone. It's time for the death penalty to be put to death.