Stephen Rushin (UC-Berkeley): Rethinking Miranda: The Post-Arrest Right to Silence. Roger Fairfax (GWU): Outsourcing Criminal Prosecution? The Limits of Criminal Justice Privatization. Justin Dickerson (Loyola): "Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job": Homeboy Industries and Restorative Justice. Alexander Volokh (Emory): Everything We Know About Faith-Based Prisons. Paul Marcus (William and Mary): Capital Punishment in the United States and Beyond. From The Public Intellectual, an interview with Barry Krisberg on gang policy; why we punish LGBT kids — especially when they’re not white — and how we might stop; the economy is down — shouldn’t violent crime be up?; and has the Obama administration made good on campaign promises for criminal justice reform? Attorney General Eric Holder's weakened plan to stop rape in prisons disappoints advocates. Peter Moskos writes in defense of flogging: Of course it's brutal — but it's better than prison. How drug cops go bad: We shouldn't be surprised when the police officers we ask to break the laws they enforce turn corrupt. A boom behind bars: Private jail operators like the Corrections Corporation of America are making millions off the crackdown on illegal aliens. Books Behind Bars: What are wardens thinking when they censor magazines and books? The least dangerous criminals in America: Why are some federal prosecutors and senators so eager to waste resources on lawbreakers who do us no harm? The American prison state: The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world today and throughout history — the financial costs are tremendous and rising. A review of Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition by David Garland. A review of Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence by Bill James.

Sarah Krakoff (Colorado): Planetarian Identity Formation and the Relocalization of Environmental Law. Daniel Bodansky (ASU) and Elliot Diringer (Pew Center): The Evolution of International Regimes: Implications for Climate Change. Katrina F. Kuh (Hofstra): When Government Intrudes: Regulating Individual Behaviors that Harm the Environment. Graham Frederick Dumas (NYU): A Greener Revolution: Using the Right to Food as a Political Weapon Against Climate Change. Climategate, what really happened: How climate science became the target of "the best-funded, best-organized smear campaign by the wealthiest industry that the Earth has ever known". On climate change, the GOP is lost in never-never land. Germans happily pay more for clean energy — why don’t Americans? Blame Game: Has the green movement been a miserable flop? David Suzuki on environmentalism's mistakes and where to go from here. Paul Wapner on his book Living through the End of Nature: The Future of American Environmentalism. A review of G. Evelyn Hutchinson and the Invention of Modern Ecology by Nancy G. Slack. Think globally, destroy locally: Alexis Madrigal on environmentalism for the 21st century. The $100 million pond: A bold new idea for protecting nature — put a price tag on it. Environmental policies and healthy bottom lines go together: A review of Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy by Seth Fletcher and Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen. Low-energy astrophysics: Maggie Koerth-Baker on how scientists are trying to save the Earth. Sit down, kids, and get ready for a show: You’re about to see how a dumb rap star intent on killing people, golden retriever puppies and the newest edition of Nature: Climate Change are linked.

Achim Goerres (Cologne) and Pieter Vanhuysse (ECV): Mapping the Field: Comparative Generational Politics and Policies in Ageing Democracies. Marisa Gerstein Pineau (UCLA): From Commodity to Donation: Breast Milk Banking in the United States, 1910 to the Present. Maybe there really was no choice, but we have lost something by not putting bin Laden on trial, and that is a particular view of what justice is for. A review of The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). A tight deadline, 4,000 words, then ten years of waiting: An interview with Kate Zernike, Osama bin Laden’s obituarist for The New York Times. From OK Trends, here are 10 charts about sex. The Dick-tionary: Think you know the difference between an asshole and a douchebag? Juan Cole on Obama and the end of al-Qaeda. In the developed world, high-tech personal IDs are the stuff of Orwellian dystopia — but for everyone else, they could be a path to a happier, healthier, less precarious life. The slippery story of the Bin Laden kill: The original narrative was wrong — who can we believe? A review of Common Sense: A Political History by Sophia Rosenfeld (and more and more). How the US can finish off al-Qaeda: Lessons from a study of 300 terrorist leaders who were killed. Is Armenia's nuclear plant the world's most dangerous? Meet Seal Team 6, the bad-asses who killed Osama Bin Laden. Being green isn’t right-wing or left-wing — it's merely about behaving with courtesy. Don’t worry about Medicare: Worry about Medicaid. Who owns the Tea Party? Stephanie Mencimer on the bizarre fight to trademark a movement. A review of Understanding Torture by J. Jeremy Wisnewski. A look at 5 "unspoiled" locations that are actually pretty spoiled.

Elena Panova (Quebec): A Passion for Democracy. Michael S. Kang (Emory): Sore Loser Laws and Democratic Contestation. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Columbia): Redistricting and the Territorial Community. Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer (Indiana): Looking for a Few Good Philosopher Kings: Political Gerrymandering as a Question of Institutional Competence. As states redo Congressional districts, hobbyists draw their own lines; "the Baconmander". How long before hackers steal votes? In the US, the only things standing between democracy and election fraud are a few pieces of adhesive tape. The first chapter from A Behavioral Theory of Elections by Jonathan Bendor, Daniel Diermeier, David A. Siegel and Michael M. Ting. Local politics — schools, zoning, council elections — hit us where we live, so why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no — he identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care. The first chapter from Why Americans Don't Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate by Zoltan L. Hajnal and Taeku Lee. Should the ignorant be urged to vote? Yes, declining voter turnout is a troubling trend — but if you aren’t aware of the issues, should you really be casting a ballot? The first chapter from The Ethics of Voting by Jason Brennan. A review of The Promise of Democracy: Political Agency and Transformation by Fred Dallmayr. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Government by Public Opinion. Michele Margolis (MIT) and Anthony Fowler (Harvard): The Bias of Uninformed Voters. Why elections are literally beauty contests: Mat Iredale explains that we’re not nearly as rational as we like to think we are. From Cracked, here are 5 reasons humanity is terrible at democracy.

From New Statesman, the Labour Party lost four million voters in England between 1997 and 2010 — to win them back, it needs to reconnect with old core values that now seem strangely conservative; memo to Blue Labourites: Tone down the nostalgia — there was no golden age and the party must not idealise the working class; a review of The Coalition and the Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor; an interview with Nick Clegg about life on the far side of power and what it’s like to be a cut-out; an interview with Antonia Fraser: "The preoccupation with class is the bad side of Englishness"; and a review of Reprobates: the Cavaliers of the English Civil War by John Stubbs. From LRB, Richard J. Evans on the wonderfulness of us (the Tory interpretation of history). What can the Norman Conquest teach us about regime change? The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border. Far from being irrelevant, because of its size, Scotland could become central thanks to a new approach to history, explains Tom Devine. Gerry Hassan on Scotland’s future story of hope: How we defeat the forces of pessimism; and on how Scotland may not have a left anymore but it must still challenge the new vandals and miserabilists. Tommy Sheridan to the Sun: Is anyone not backing the SNP? It remains to be seen whether Prince William will inherit his grandmother’s skill in navigating the changing politics of Union. Pat Kane on why the Big Society should be a playground (but isn't); and on a creative Scotland and a cultural Scotland: A chapter from Radical Scotland: Arguments for Self-Determination The Almost Nation: Wales is having an identity crisis — actually, it’s been having one off and on for the past 2,000 years. The Emergence of One Wales: Leanne Wood examines the campaign for a Yes vote in the Welsh referendum and the eventual result and sees old divisions beginning to recede.

Vincenzo Atella and Joanna Kopinska (Rome II): Body Weight of Italians: The Weight of Education. Denis Stearns (Seattle): On (Cr)edibility: Why Food in the United States May Never be Safe. Are you smarter than a middle schooler? New site tracks science misconceptions. From Butterflies and Wheels, Joshua Leach on the postmodern interpretation of witchcraft. An interview with Harlan Lane, co-author with Richard C. Pillard and Ulf Hedberg of People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry. Love in bookstores: Browsing customers often circle each other like timid sharks. A legendary think tank shows its age: New York's Century Foundation has lost money and stature. A Month of Tweeting: Aaron Belz on how the internet discovered poetic economy. Students of advice-column history (and blog history) would do well to honor one of the founding fathers of the form, John Dunton, and marvel at how he both educated a curious nation and managed to make the Athenian Mercury a pretty sensational publication not just profitable but also semi-respectable. Kevin W. Saunders on his book Degradation: What the History of Obscenity Tells Us about Hate Speech. Laura Turner Garrison on the myth of universal humor. TurtleLeaks: How the U.N. made sure that the Arab Spring didn't reach Western Sahara. Atlas Shrunk: Ayn Rand's magnum opus took 54 years to put on the screen; Scott McLemee is underwhelmed by the result. Conservatainment: Peter Suderman on the perennial right-wing plot to seize Hollywood from liberals. The first chapter from Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End by Nina Eliasoph. A brief guide to dictator lit: When not tyrannising their people, it seems despots such as Colonel Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein like to turn their hand to writing books.

John L. Cesaroni (Quinnipiac): Designer Human Embryos as a Challenge for Patent Law and Regulation. Chester S. Chuang (Golden Gate) and Denys T. Lau (UIC): The Pros and Cons of Gene Patents. Edward Fallone (Marquette): Funding Stem Cell Research: The Convergence of Science, Religion and Politics in the Formation of Public Health Policy. Humans, disabilities, and the humanities: Michael Berube on how bioethics is much too important to be left to bioethicists. An interview with Sheldon Krimsky and Tania Simoncelli, coauthors of Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties. Bratislav Stankovic (Skopje): Patenting the Minotaur. Images of Frankenstein's monster or Faust's diabolic pact: We will never have an honest and open debate about in vitro fertilization or cloning until we can distinguish mythical fears from real and present dangers. Bioengineering synthetic life: James Collins makes discoveries about the actions of antibodies. Chromatin Evolving: Much about the function and evolution of the chromosome remains a mystery. How do hundreds of different types of cells all develop from the same genome? Here's an illustrated guide to epigenetics. Ten years on: Why a complete human genome mattered. 23andMe presents top 10 most interesting genetic findings of 2010. Gene Machine: Jonathan Rothberg's desktop decoder could kick off a revolution in medicine, food, energy, even consumer products — and ignite the next $100 billion technology market. Genetic engineering for good: Pam Roland modifies crops to feed the hungry and cut pesticide use. A new United Nations treaty on the equitable sharing of the planet’s wealth of genetic resources opened for signing. Engineers of the living world: By making bioengineered solutions to global problems openly available, we can transform the developing world. The new bioeconomy: How synthetic biology will bring us cheaper plastics by ruining the poorest nations on Earth (and more).

From the Boston Globe Magazine, a special issue on education, including a look at 30 perks of living in a college town; who's that teaching your undergrad? Probably not a tenured professor; and high-achieving Asian-American students are being shut out of top schools around the country — is this what diversity looks like now? From Minding the Campus, Robert Weissbergand on why professors should dress like professionals; and Richard Vedder on college presidents: Do they make too much money? Anthony Grafton on academic freedom after the Cronon controversy. Why are academics so attached to the university even as it is ceasing to be a good provider? From n+1, a review of Terry Castle's The Professor and Other Writings, Louis Menand's The Marketplace of Ideas and Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit. We’re in a bubble and it’s not the Internet — it’s higher education. Since this wouldn’t be America if you couldn’t monetize your children’s futures, the education sector still has its equivalent: the Student Loan Asset-Backed Security. How universities became hedge funds: As Britain debates the future of higher education, it might be helpful to understand what has been happening to higher education in the United States. What can the US approach to fees teach the world? Reflexive claims for the US academy's greatness ring hollow, given elite institutions' tight links with economic and political power and lack of appetite for challenging ideas. Some 13 million students enrol in the US community college system each year, but only about a third graduate — how can completion rates be improved? Degrees of influence: As elite higher education turns prohibitively expensive and the job market shrinks, a reminder that dropping out is no guarantee of failure.

Curtis Bridgeman (FSU): The Morality of Jingle Mail: Moral Myths about Strategic Default. From Image and Narrative, a special issue on the visual language of manga. From The Atlantic Monthly, a cover story on how genius works: How does that spark of creativity find its way to the canvas, the page, the dinner plate, or the movie screen? Inside the messy, maddening, and mysterious process of creating something new. A review of Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream by James Harkin. You think some businesses just can't be replaced by the web, and then a site like comes along. Alex Pareene on WorldNetDaily, the biggest, dumbest wingnut site on the Web. Legendary saints were real, buried alive: Bones of a Roman couple — killed for being Christian — may have been identified. An interview with David Graeber on activism, academia and the alter-globalization movement. Reading the Fantasy Map: It is hard to imagine a world without maps; now stop and diagram that sentence. A review of The Nature of Dignity by Ron Bontekoe. How the abolition of mandatory retirement continues to change America in unexpected ways. Minsoo Kang on his book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. The twisted world of Porn WikiLeaks: A site exposes adult performers' real names and home addresses — industry insiders talk about its dangers. Being human: An interview with AC Grayling. Is it dangerous to fire a gun into the air? From TPM, what the lobbyists' lobbyist is lobbying for: An article on Howard Marlowe, president of the American League of Lobbyists. A review of Sera L. Young's Craving Earth: Understanding Pica. A review of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen Hall.

Ezra Klein on Bin Laden’s war against the US economy. Osama bin Who? A decade of denials and downplaying from Pakistani leaders. Behind the hunt: Clues gradually led to the location of Osama bin Laden. US authorities homed in on Osama for the last nine months. Getting Osama bin Laden: How the mission went down. Marc Ambinder on the secret team that killed bin Laden. Justice, American Style: Was Bin Laden's killing legal? The death of Osama bin Laden: V-J Day or glorious victory over the forces of Eastasia? Don't get cocky, America: Al Qaeda is still deadly without Osama bin Laden. What accounts for the ubiquitous cheer of U-S-A following bin Laden's death? The Olympics, war, pro wrestling, and Jerry Springer. Why does revenge taste so sweet? Why do we feel the need to chant in the streets after the death of a hated man? When heads roll: Under what conditions does leadership decapitation result in the dissolution of a terrorist organization? The 2011 Jefferson Lecture by Drew Gilpin Faust, the Civil War historian and Harvard president draws unexpected immediacy from the events unfolding around it. Bin Laden's death: How anti-war members of Congress plan to take advantage. President Obama inherited two wars, neither of which has ended — and the United States is now involved in military action in Libya — yet the anti-war movement has all but vanished; why? (and more and more) The prophet armed, Samantha Power, has now drafted Obama into her crusade against mass slaughter; liberal hawks and neocons, reunited — make way for a profound foreign-policy transformation. Less than a decade after invading Iraq, the US has rediscovered its outreach spirit — should we be troubled by this? Arab countries don't like the United States much — do they like Europe any better?