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The FOI diary

Follow our reporter on her quest for information

I am hunting for some data to do with prisoners for an investigation I am working on. The data is not available publicly, so I have to make some… 658 more words


What is "context" and how is it relevant to the Pamela Geller flap?

Lots of pundits, bloggers, and non-writers have been talking about free speech and the affronts to it. The occasion for all this jabber is the event managed by activist Pamela Geller and her event at Garland, Texas, that resulted in the death of two would-be invading Islamist gunmen. 564 more words

Herman Melville

The Price We Pay for Mass Incarceration

Put another way, the supposition on which our mass incarceration is premised—namely, that it materially reduces crime—is, at best, a hunch. Yet the price we pay for acting on this hunch is enormous.

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Jailhouse Overload

In case you missed it, there was a hostage crisis last week at the Bolivarian National Police HQ in Caracas. A group of inmates took two officers as a form of protest for the overcrowding and the endless delays in their judicial process. 354 more words


Michael Gerson: Politicians must get bolder about treating America’s urban problems

Washington Post — Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? 105 more words


Man who murdered family in 'honour killing' became jailhouse religious tyrant

Kingston Penitentiary was already a very scary place the day Mohammad Shafia walked into the joint.

The Montrealer was convicted for the 2009 murders of his three daughters and first wife in a barbaric “honour killing” in which the women were incapacitated and dumped into the Rideau Canal near Kingston.  686 more words


Im-Politic: Thinking Big to Help Our Country's Baltimores

I’m getting to think that one of the best signs that Americans have no clue how to solve a major public policy problem is lengthy debate that has changed absolutely no minds whatever. 745 more words