Christie Changes the Conversation, Plus Odds and Ends

by Reihan Salam

My latest Reuters Opinion column is on Chris Christie’s commitment to reforming drug policy, and criminal justice more broadly. I draw on the work of David Dagan and Steven Teles, authors of “The Conservative War on Prisons” for the Washington Monthly and in a more recently scholarly article, “Locked In? Conservative Reform and the Future of Mass Incarceration” (which, alas, will only be available to non-subscribers until April, so get it while it’s hot). There is more to be said about “Locked In?,” and I hope to return to it in the future.

In a somewhat different vein, I have a short article for ESPN.com on the critically important subject of my enthusiasm for the Brooklyn Nets.

And I recently recorded a lively discussion between Fred Kaplan, the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a national security columnist for Slate, and Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project and Edward Snowden’s legal advisor, on whether or not Snowden deserves some form of clemency. I did my best to keep my own views out of it, and I felt fortunate to be talking to two people who are knowledgeable and intellectually and morally serious.