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Why We Should All Be Reading “Reading With Patrick”
"Kuo strips away all of the easy rationalizations for why she must leave, revealing behind them a series of simplistic, irrational claims: you must go work at that nonprofit in California because that’s what a Harvard Law grad does, because it would be crazy not to, because how will you explain this to people? But these are not so much reasons as excuses, and Ms. Kuo accepts no excuses. In the end, the true question seems to be, are you brave enough to stay?"
book  tribe  vs  people  library  education  friendship  race  class  usa  jail 
4 weeks ago by ingenu
Opioids in OH, c. 1996-2000
Purdue Pharma introduced its opioid painkiller, OxyContin, in 1996, when the Class of 2000 entered high school. Some students began experimenting, often combining prescription opiates with alcohol at parties.

For many, what started as a weekend dalliance morphed swiftly into an all-consuming dependence. They swallowed opiates before school, snorted painkillers in the bathrooms and crushed up pills with a baseball on desks at the back of classrooms.

"Getting hooked is nobody’s plan."
usa  drugs  violence  death  mind  image  people  graphic  jail 
7 weeks ago by ingenu
College Behind Bars (Fresh Air)
Powerful. We need to rehabilitate people.

"They were literally vilified in the entire community. They were treated like animals. We’re able to dehumanize individuals that we see to be criminals."

"How many flawed cases are there?

"I wouldn’t be surprised if there were hundreds of the same kind of people sitting in prison right now. I would not be surprised when you look at some of the past practices. It’s scary. But that’s the point of having a unit that’s dedicated to reinvestigating these types of claims. You know, I would say 10, 15, 20, 25 years ago, what prosecutors were focusing on were getting convictions. That was the measure of success.
education  violence  politics  law  usa  history  listening  radio  jail  interview  race 
7 weeks ago by ingenu
Reading Albert Woodfox's Solitary While Being Detained at Guantánamo | Literary Hub
It is sad that in Louisiana they tried to bar books and education, but in the end Woodfox was able to study law and even apply it to help earn his liberty. We have no law books, and no law. There is precious little we are allowed to do—we are not even meant to be learning English. How can anyone expect a prisoner to be “rehabilitated” under such rules? Is it not in the interests of everyone that we should improve ourselves?
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8 weeks ago by suddenlyjen
Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game - MIT Technology Review
An excellent interactive explainer — works great on a phone and on wide screen, and tells the story in a VERY engaging way!
prisons  corrections  jail  algorithms  interactive  examples  webapps 
october 2019 by macloo
The Making of the American Gulag | Boston Review
The Making of the American Gulag from Boston Review. During the Cold War, the “police apparatus” was held up as a prime example of Soviet repression. Yet in its efforts to fight subversives, the United States ended up with its own carceral state.
prison  usa  oppression  politics  jail  class 
october 2019 by ivar

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