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Jeff Sessions’s Evidence-Free Crime Strategy

David M. Kennedy in The Hill: “The emerging Department of Justice crime-control strategy is a criminologist’s nightmare. Over the last thirty years researchers, law enforcement leaders and communities have pushed for smarter, better violence prevention…



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Visiting Rikers Island for the First Time

by Anna Giannicchi – In June of 2015, I was hired to pilot a project teaching English and Social Studies to young people incarcerated on Rikers Island. I’d never seen a correctional facility before. I’d researched Rikers the…




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Challenges to a Loyal White House

by Heath Brown – The last couple of weeks (six months?) have demonstrated the enormous challenges of governance, even for the most powerful person in the world. President Trump’s campaign promises to quickly Make America…


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The Destruction and Preservation of Palmyra

Erin Thompson in Kenyon Review:  “When I was a child, I could walk into the desert from our house on the outskirts of Tucson. Tense with attention, I found paths between thorns, silent under the heavy ticking…



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Rethinking the Stigma of “Bastard”

Sara McDougall in Oxford University Press: “Watching Game of Thrones, and devouring the novels, made me a better medievalist. As fans of the show and novels know well, George R. R. Martin’s imaginary world offers a vibrant…