We're out of position which means you will not be reading the award winning, thought provoking, astonishing commentary you are used to reading on Monday mornings.
So until we get back, think about this: the NY Times reported Sunday that prisons are re-thinking and abandoning the "super-max" isolation style of punishment.
Don't immediately assume that the cruel and inhumane method of isolating people until they mentally snap was abandoned because of some late realization that people should just not do that to other people. No, the conversion from the super-max was monetarily driven. Some bean counter realized that it is cheaper not to isolate people like an ebola virus and suddenly governors and legislators of broke states were singing the song of rehabilitation faster than you can say "bleeding heart liberal".
But the real story is not how quickly the tough on crime crowd backed down in the face of dwindling budgets, but the startling realization that treating prisoners humanely actually worked better than brutalzing them in controlling the prisoners. Put another way, people respond better to humane treatment. And the further realization that prisoners treated humanely tend to act better when they're released is making strange bedfellows of the ACLU and a bunch of prison wardens.
See you in court real soon.
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