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Margaret Newkirk on Prison Reform

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Margaret Newkirk has a short piece on the new conservative approach to incarceration, highlighting the efforts of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to foster a more cost-effective and humane prison system. In suggesting that conservatives are merely catching up with liberals on this front, Newkirk misses an important point that Christopher Glazek of n+1 has raised, namely that the incarceration boom was driven by Rockefeller Republicans and centrist Democrats. The distinctive role evangelical conservatives have played in prison reform efforts shouldn’t be discounted.


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