Atlantic Monthly

Prison without Walls

I have a feature in the September Atlantic about outcarceration, i.e., what we can do with criminals other than lock them up.

Leonard Lopate Show

Free-Range Felons on Lopate

I went back on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about my article on prisons without walls in the September Atlantic.


A revolution silenced

Originally appeared in The National.

Death to the Dictator!: A Young Man Casts a Vote in Iran’s 2009 Election and Pays a Devastating Price
Afsaneh Moqadem
Sara Crichton Books

“Afsaneh”, the pseudonym taken by the author of Death to the Dictator!, means “fairy tale” in Persian. Aptly, her book starts out like one. In Iran, against the backdrop of last year’s Green Revolution, for a moment anything seems possible. A generation disenchanted by its ageing political leaders discovers, in a rage-fuelled protest against a rigged election, that its season of liberation is at hand, and that its intifada against its elders might succeed so rapidly as to seem almost magical.