I Was in Prison

Article by Jason Byassee

In one of those neglected corners of scripture that must scare those brave enough to think about it, Jesus promises an unpleasant future for those who would not visit him in prison: “Just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me (Matt. 25:45). …

Lincoln and Watergate: The American Past Speaks to the American Future

Article by William E. Johnston, Jr.

Recent political events have compelled us to ask how we may know our way when it comes to law, morality and the tests of loyalty demanded by complex political and social lives. Easy partisanship seems gone. Partisanship itself is perhaps permanently embarrassed by the recent excesses of partisanship. The demise of partisanship and the demise …

Myths and Realities About Prisons and Jails

Article by Robert A. Fangmeier

The return of capital punishment, the use of sterner sentencing procedures, the provision of more weaponry and technology for the police, and a multi-billion-dollar prison and jail construction effort are all indicators of the current mood of the country in regard to crime and criminals. Public frustration with existing criminal-justice procedures has encouraged a what-else-can-we-do …

Order in the Court

Article by Thomas C. Berg

Americans are locked in an intense conflict over the role of federal courts. Conservatives are deeply aggrieved by Supreme Court decisions in the past 30 years that have struck down laws against abortion, laws on homosexuality and certain laws and policies promoting religion in the public square. In a 1996 symposium, "The End of Democracy?," …

The Intelligence ‘Flap’: Lies My Uncle Told Me

Article by Janet Karsten Larson

Once upon a time there was the frank and fearless liar — but sooner or later the facts would out, and make an end of him. Now we have the bureaucrat, mumbling and amnesiac; the master of plausible denials and institutionalized cover-up; the limited investigation and the interpretive memo; the document-shredders, the secrecy-stampers, the propaganda …