Emptier Jails Could Stay That Way

Covid-19 is showing us what ending mass incarceration could look like. Some judges and prosecutors like what they see. A couple of months ago, the county jail in Cleveland started doing something that, prior to the pandemic, would have been unimaginable: It began releasing hundreds of inmates. The problems at the jail were impossible to […]

Neither Mississippi Nor I Should Retain Our Confederate Symbols

Tyler Ellis has a Confederate flag retainer

The Confederate Flag drapes around the plastic of my orthodontic retainer. Before securing the retainer to the roof of my mouth, I sometimes ask: how does the same mouth that affirms the dignity and equality of black Americans also harbor a symbol that, to most black Americans, stands for white supremacy and racial violence? The […]