"Never in the Civilised World Have So Many Been Locked Up for So Little"

“Rough Justice in America,” the takedown of incarceration nation published last week in The Economist, has made the rounds of blogs interested in the U.S. justice system. It needs to be mentioned here, nonetheless,┬ábecause of┬áthe story it uses to exemplify┬áeverything that’s wrong with┬áthe way we handle criminal justice. That story begins with a 65-year-old orchid […]

Canada Questions Solitary Confinement After TeenagerÔÇÖs┬áDeath

A┬ánumber of┬árecent stories in the Canadian media have challenged the use of solitary confinement on mentally ill prisoners. A December editorial in the Ottawa Citizen, titled “Prisons Are Not Asylums,” notes that “the number of mentally ill inmates is on the rise, while health services to treat them are deteriorating.” Prison staff, it says, “often […]