Michael Ames

michael-ames-200Michael Ames is a reporter covering American politics, environmental issues, and sometimes corduroy for places like Harper’s Magazine, TheNewYorker.com, The Daily Beast, Lucky Peach, The Atlantic and The Believer.

Captive Market: Why We Won’t Get Prison Reform

The American prison system isn’t broken; it’s working exactly as designed. Seven million people may find their lives constrained, but according to the metrics that make America hum, their time served is also value added.   View image | gettyimages.com t’s possible that Michael Dukakis didn’t understand the question. “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered,” CNN anchor Bernard Shaw asked the Democratic candidate on live national television near the start of the second 1988 … [Read more...]