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Robert Perkinson

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Robert Perkinson

Robert Perkinson teaches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is the author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire.


News and Features

Habeas corpus rescued Walter Rideau from an unjust prison sentence, but during its long history the great writ has been used to muffle the sighs of prisoners as much as to relieve them.

Anne-Marie Cusac examines the punitive turn in the criminal justice system.

Beyond the sensationalism and the sound bites, the Duke rape case reveals the perils of unchecked prosecutorial power.