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  • IRAA 3.0: Second Look Review for Adults

    IRAA 3.0: Second Look Review for Adults

    Today I am testifying on behalf of the Second Look Amendment Act of 2019, sometimes dubbed IRAA 3.0. The initial IRAA, the Incarceration Amendment Act, was designed to provide post-sentencing review to those who committed crimes as juveniles and were given life or near-life sentences. IRAA 2.0 extended eligibility and clarified some issues in the…

  • Entrepreneurship and Returning Citizens

    Entrepreneurship and Returning Citizens

    Entrepreneurship is a particular approach to citizenship. It’s about trying to find new ways of being of use to each other. Formerly incarcerated people are increasingly marginalized in our society–but they deserve to be treated as valuable and with dignity.

  • Foucault on School-Prison and Prison-School Pipelines

    Foucault on School-Prison and Prison-School Pipelines

    “So successful has the prison been that, after a century and a half of ‘failures’, the prison still exists, producing the same results, and there is the greatest reluctance to dispense with it.”  Foucault, Discipline and Punish, 277 In my mini-review of Bryan Caplan’s polemic against education, I noted that he partly ignores Foucaultian arguments…

  • A mini-review of Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education

    A mini-review of Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education

    Progressives are coming around to the idea that higher education is not a great leveler, and the segregated K-12 schools are increasingly a pipeline to prison rather than jobs for the least advantaged.

  • An Ostrom Reader

    An Ostrom Reader

    Lexington Press has recently finished publishing a four volume collection of the work of Elinor Ostrom and her husband Vincent–before that I do not believe the work has been gathered anyplace easily accessible. Since the price is astronomical–though well worth it for the serious scholar or scholarly library, I’m sure–I’d love to have a single-volume reader…

  • Provoking pedagogically-effective discussion in college courses, with an example using Danielle Allen’s Cuz

    Provoking pedagogically-effective discussion in college courses, with an example using Danielle Allen’s Cuz

    Today is the first day of classes in my seventeenth year of teaching. I have taught a lot over those years–sometimes as much as a 5/5/1 (5 courses in Fall, 5 in Spring, and one over the summer.) My sense from that time is that the value of a philosophy course is largely not derived…