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  • Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison

    Strip-searches will keep helpful visitors, not illegal drugs, out of prison
    There are only a few proven ways to lower the recidivism rate for prison parolees. Among these is maintaining their family ties during incarceration. And the best way to accomplish that is through regular “contact” visits, in which prisoners and their families are allowed a quick hug and can sit together in the visitors area.
  • California rightly revisits its tough-on-youth-crime stance

    California rightly revisits its tough-on-youth-crime stance
    California long led the world in juvenile injustice. Just five years ago, when there were only seven people outside the U.S. serving life prison terms with no possibility of parole for crimes they had committed before they became adults, California had...

    Two psychologists' role in CIA torture program comes into focus

    Two psychologists' role in CIA torture program comes into focus
    In the "Salt Pit," a then-secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, John "Bruce" Jessen watched carefully in late 2002 as five agency officers rushed into a darkened cell and grabbed an Afghan detainee named Gul Rahman. "It was thoroughly planned and rehearsed,...

    War Stories (Part 2 of 2): 'Gen. Eisenhower took my hand: "Soldier, how do you feel?"'

    War Stories (Part 2 of 2): 'Gen. Eisenhower took my hand: "Soldier, how do you feel?"'
    THE STORY SO FAR: Schuylkill County native Carl A. Schroeter, a son of German immigrants, is on a cold march after being taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge. He has been rifle-smacked to the ground by a murderous German guard after trying to...

    CIA torturers served their country poorly

    CIA torturers served their country poorly
    To the editor: As a former prisoner of war, I found that an important psychological defense against bad treatment at the hands of a captor (North Korea, in my case) was to hold the captor in contempt as morally and culturally inferior to Americans and...