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A Prisoner Weighs in on Orange is the New Black


As someone who has spent nearly two decades in prison, I approached Piper Kerman’s book about her 15-month stint in a federal prison, the now famous Orange is the New Black, with some skepticism. After all, here’s a middle-class white woman turned criminal who maintained her family and friends and a well-connected fiancé while serving time in

The Laws of Springtime


Dear Listeners, The Polar Vortex has faded into the frosty recesses of our minds, which can only mean one thing: we are barreling headlong into spring! As you begin to plant your garden (or your windowsill), rolling up your sleeves and digging your hands into the dirt, we hope you will consider the ways in

Legal Briefs: This Week in Law


Justice Stevens suggests how the Second Amendment should be amended. (Washington Post) Proposed Pakistani legislation aimed at curbing terrorism is compared to the U.S.’s Homeland Security Act. (Al Jazeera) Judge orders a man to sit on a street corner with a sign declaring that he is a bully. (Northeast Ohio Media Group) Almost every single state restricts or

A Little Justice for a Little While: North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act


The North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments about whether it should reinstate death sentences for four inmates whose punishments were reduced under a revoked state law that allowed criminal defendants to challenge their sentences by raising claims of racial bias. One of these was Marcus Robinson, a black man who was the first

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