Category: Criminal Justice

we need a twenty-first century Comstock

Helen Andrews is at The Hedgehog Review with a review of a book on Anthony Comstock and censorship, subtly calling for a new Comstock for our brave new world of pornography: The problem of pornography has never been worse than it...

/ November 14, 2018

vulnerable children and orphanages

This investigation by ProPublica into an orphanage and school in Liberia often reads like a checklist of what not to do when running an aid project overseas: Lack of oversight on the ground. Lack of trained or experienced staff running programs....

/ November 8, 2018

murder, policing, and justice

This well-reported story about TJ Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s former spokesman who lost his half-brother to violence in the city (and just resigned!), is well worth reading and reflecting on: As for Smith, his failed struggle to lead Dionay...

/ October 11, 2018

spiritually overseeing the watchmen

This report on ministries to prison guards by Eve Tushnet is well worth your time: And yet today, startlingly few Christian ministries exist to serve those who work in jails and prisons. Chaplains and other Christian volunteers come to visit...

/ June 21, 2018

my review of Jamil Jivani’s “Why Young Men?”

I reviewed Jamil Jivani’s new book, Why Young Men?, for Comment magazine. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) book that explores the very important question of why young men are radicalized and embrace violence. It is a bit tricky to nail down...

/ June 11, 2018

the power map of baltimore

Dr. Lawrence Brown and his public health students have produced a fascinating map of Baltimore that illustrates historic and contemporary inequities. They’ve also produced a set of ideas that can help remediate these inequities: In a hypersegregated city, segrenomics results in the redlining...

/ June 5, 2018

“Traumatized officers sent out to deal with traumatized citizens”

Baynard Woods tells the story of a Baltimore police officer struggling with mental illness very well here: In a city like Baltimore, where a large number of citizens are suffering from severe and repeated trauma, often at levels higher than...

/ May 29, 2018

a betrayal: how do we help young people escape violence?

This deeply-reported story about a young man who tried to cooperate with law enforcement and escape MS-13 is both moving and unsettling: Henry did his part to aid the federal crackdown on MS-13. In addition to the gang members he...

/ May 24, 2018

it’s all about governance and trust

Shadi Hamid, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Harold Trinkunas share an excerpt from their new book on governance and trust, a subject that I’ve been banging on about for quite a while now: The Taliban claims to adhere to a strict interpretation of...

/ May 17, 2018

racism in, racism out

This article about Palantir is something else: “The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas...

/ May 15, 2018