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February 11, 2014 at 6:25 AM

How to get bankers to pay to reduce prison recidivism

The notion of inviting venture capitalists into the state human services system sounds, I’ll admit, a bit creepy. When I heard that notion was floating around the 2014 Legislature, my thoughts went to the private prison industry and its dismal race-to-the-bottom practices.

MA pay for success

Pay For Success project (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts)

But as Tuesday’s Seattle Times editorial suggests, the notion, in HB 2337, deserves a second look. So-called “social impact bonds” are racing around public-policy circles, embraced by the left (the Center for American Progress write-up) and from the libertarian right (Reason Foundation’s write up).


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July 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The recurring cancer of eugenics

Eugenics in America is a recurring cancer that recedes but never truly goes away. The latest reminder was the Center for Investigative Reporting’s alarming report about 148 unapproved sterilizations in a California prison. The doctor who was paid nearly $150,000 to perform the sterilizations, James Heinrich, defending sterilizations as a wise investment. “Over a 10-year period,…


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