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August 16, 2004

Our moral blind spot?

A great friend alerted me to a great article in the New York Times Magazine that I missed in yesterday's news review (here). In Decarcerate, commentator Jim Holt suggests that the United States' heavy reliance on punishment by imprisonment may be our society's biggest "moral blind spot." Through a tight review of both the history and theories of imprisonment, the article does a terrific job highlighting why the author thinks mass incarceration in America "is starting to look less like a necessary evil and more like a peculiar institution."

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Actually I don't understand what is this essay talking about? If who one knows that, telling me please! Thx!!

Posted by: Christina Mai | Oct 27, 2004 7:25:32 PM

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