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November 4, 2023

Could Professor John Pfaff help make criminal justice blogging cool again?

The question in the title of this post reflects my (slightly tongue-in-cheek) excitement from seeing that CrimLaw Prof John Pfaff has started this new blog titled "Prisons, Prosecutors, and the Politics of Punishment."  Professor Pfaff, who I consider a friend and whose terrific (often empirical-minded) work is always a must-read, was one of a number of astute law professors who used Twitter creatively and extraordinarily effectively to develop and promulgate ideas.  But now, as he explains in this "Welcome" post, it seems that the decline of Twitter has led him to a new (albeit now old) forum:

I realize that 2023 may be a little late to decide to start blogging, but I am also suddenly appreciating the extent to which I used to use the late, lamented, and now lamentable Twitter to work out new ideas, and to try to share new empirical findings quickly and in an aggressively non-academic way.   With the collapse of Twitter, and feeling some FOMO from watching everyone launch Substacks, I figured it was probably time.

As this intro notes, "substacking" seems to have become the new form of blogging; indeed, I suspect I would be inclined to go the substack route if I had not been in the habit of blogging for nearly two decades(!).  But I am quite pleased to see Professor Pfaff doing something he calls blogging, and here are some of his early substantive posts:

Millions of Uncounted People in Prison (Sort Of)

Mass Shooters, Mental Illness, and a Critical Statistical Mistake

Reform Prosecutors: The Winners and the Losers

I have already updated my blogroll to include "Prisons, Prosecutors, and the Politics of Punishment," and I am looking forward to seeing what Prof. Pfaff has to see in this new (albeit now old) forum.

November 4, 2023 at 03:14 PM | Permalink


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