At Slate, Charles Ogletree writes that “the death penalty is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption and cruelty.” I am convinced by both scholarship and anecdote that the latter half of that sentence is true. I hope he is correct that the first half is as well.

Earlier this week, I woke up with thoughts of things that signal despair and dysfunction in society in my head. I was going to write them down, to send them away, but I feared that would only invite them to stick around. I can’t tell if stories like this help or not.



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