Gotham Diary:
25 January 2012

Today at the DBR: Reflections on Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker essay about prisons in America, and why they’re so full, and so full of minority prisoners. New glints on the issue: William Stuntz’s idea that the Bill of Rights is itself the problem with American justice, and Gopnik’s own faith in “chipping away” at social problems. Even for someone as irreverent as I am, regarding the Bill of Rights as fundamentally mistaken and/or inadequate is shocking — but only for a moment. But nothing could be more congenial than “small sanities.” It’s what setting a good example is all about.

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