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Jonathan Simon, professor of law

Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon is a professor of law at UC Berkeley and associate dean of the Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. An expert in criminal justice issues, he is the author of two books, "Poor Discipline," on the history of the prison parole system, and "Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear." Both received a distinguished book award from the American Sociological Association. An active blogger, he posts frequently on his own site, “Governing Through Crime, and as a guest commentator on other blogs.

Posts by Jonathan Simon

8-27-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Ferguson and human dignity
8-7-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The real problem with mass incarceration? Inhumanity
7-18-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Life in prison with the remote possibility of death: the death penalty and California’s broken punishment paradigm
5-1-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Botched execution
3-21-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Dying inside: Lifers, the dying and California’s correctional paradigm
3-4-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Abandoning a failed penal experiment: New York’s historic advantage
2-10-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?From humanity to health: Why can’t California get prison healthcare right?
1-10-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?From the War on Crime to ‘World War Z’: What the zombie apocalypse can tell us about the current state of our culture of fear
1-3-14Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Yes, Virginia, there is a death penalty: Reflections on the Christmas moratorium
12-23-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Mass incarceration, mass deportation: Twin legacies of governing through crime
12-5-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?‘Justice’ in the murder years: More tales from the Brooklyn crypt
11-25-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Dallas 1963 and the culture of fear
10-7-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?To the Fruitvale Station
8-14-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Beard must go: California needs a fresh start in corrections, not a cover-up for business as usual
8-2-13Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Run Edward Snowden, run!
7-15-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Race and reasonable doubt: Notes from the Sanford, Fla. verdict
7-8-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Hunger
6-24-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Prosecution complex: Persecuting Aaron Swartz and degrading the Constitution
5-14-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Lessons from the ‘sordid decades’: Miscarriages of justice in NY’s ‘War on Crime’ in the ’80s and ’90s
5-6-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Living it up at the Hotel California: For Jerry Brown and California’s political leadership, it’s always 1977
4-16-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?‘Mass incarceration now, tomorrow, forever’: Gov. Jerry Brown and the politics of court bashing
3-13-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?How not to govern through crime: Insights on bullying
2-21-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Gated nightmares
2-5-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The myth of urban insecurity
1-9-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The turn-around state? Does California have one of the finest prison systems in the nation?
1-2-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?‘Les Mis’: Why do we idealize Jean Valjean and act like Javert?
12-14-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Put a fork in it: Paper of record declares mass incarceration dead
11-29-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Penal trends: Strange weather or climate change?
9-25-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Why death-row inmates oppose life without parole
9-10-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?State of confinement: California’s carceral habit
8-21-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Correctional madness: Realignment on the right track in L.A.
8-17-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Prison time: How long is long enough?
8-7-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Realignment time: The prison crisis comes home
8-3-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?From House of Fear to Home of Care: The future of imprisonment
7-25-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?‘Full force of our justice system’?
7-19-12Other Subjects: What's on your mind?London calling
6-26-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The NY Times’ flawed series on New Jersey’s halfway houses
6-20-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The iron cage: Why it’s so hard to escape mass incarceration
5-30-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?School desegregation and the fear years
5-24-12Politics & LawEgypt’s election and the rise of crime
5-16-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Hunger for hope: Solitary confinement and administrative detention in California and Israel
4-27-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?2012 — A ‘hope and change’ election for California?
4-11-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Are U.S. prisons degrading and inhuman? European Court of Human Rights takes a pass
3-26-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Whose public safety? Trayvon Martin and Neighborhood Watch
3-16-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Women and children first: It’s how liberals govern through crime
2-22-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Occupy’s prison protest: It’s not yesterday any more
2-13-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the spirit
2-2-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The poor storm: Ending mass incarceration in America
1-30-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Policing disorder: Oakland’s curious commitment to criminalizing Occupy
1-12-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Pardon season
1-3-12Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Vietnam and bad habits
12-20-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?A tale of two Joes: Captain America and America’s toughest sheriff
12-9-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Riots and respect
12-1-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Zombies, humanitarians and the Twilight Zone of security
11-15-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Governing the Occupy Movement through crime
11-7-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?David Onek for San Francisco D.A.
11-2-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Early release
10-20-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Who sets the captive free: Gilad Shalit’s release in Gaza
10-11-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?California penal policy: Realignment and beyond
9-28-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Cupcakes, affirmative action and mass incarceration
9-23-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Executing the innocent: Time to boycott Georgia and Texas
9-15-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The paradoxical status of ‘life without parole’
9-12-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Attica, forty years on
8-30-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Thawing of prison isolation policy a positive sign
8-12-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?British riots: Culture or poverty? Try dignity
8-2-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Punished: The culture of control as seen from Oakland
6-25-11Politics & LawPolitics & Law: What's on your mind?Governing through crime wave strikes UK
6-17-11Politics & LawPolitics & Law: What's on your mind?Troubling questions on the border between the prison and hospital
6-8-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?California needs a committee for the prevention of torture
6-1-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The housing index and the prison bubble
5-17-11Arts, Culture & Humanities: What's on your mind?Monsters on the block
5-11-11Health & Medicine: What's on your mind?A new medical model
5-4-11Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Revenge, retribution, justice: killing Osama bin Laden
4-19-11Other Subjects: What's on your mind?The Wall
4-6-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?‘Post-conflict violence’ in Northern Ireland
3-21-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Back on prisoner voting and dignity
3-11-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Proud to be from Illinois: Land of Lincoln becomes 16th state to abolish capital punishment
2-25-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?End game for the death penalty?
2-11-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Should murderers have the right to vote in prison?
1-31-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Whither the War on Crime? How to respond (and not respond) to January’s string of outrageous murders and attempted murders
1-24-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The U.S. death penalty: A European perspective
1-11-11Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Progress and peril in California’s prison crisis
12-9-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The crime of punishment in California
12-3-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The chemistry of a societal shift toward a ‘war on environmental disaster’
10-25-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The politics of populist outrage versus the politics of building
10-19-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Crime as a welcome distraction and respite from reality for politicians
10-11-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?When you don’t have a narrative, run on crime
9-24-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Yes on California’s Proposition 19: Legalize marijuana
9-13-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Nightmare on Elm Street: The real killers beneath California’s safe suburban streets
9-8-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Europe’s war on the Roma
9-1-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?On the President’s carpet: Fear itself
8-27-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The New York mosque controversy highlights the power of victims
8-25-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The mistempered weapons of the criminal law
8-18-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Afghanistan: Nothing says you’re in charge like an execution
8-16-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?T’aint the evidence, ’tis the regime
8-10-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Running for re-election as Executioner in Chief
8-2-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The paradox of security: Is it time to unlock?
7-9-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Beyond Mehserle
6-17-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Governing through war
6-14-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The Crying Game: The Mehserle trial starts in L.A.
5-21-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Gov. Schwarzenegger’s little-noticed move to scale back the era of “Big Incarceration Government”
4-28-10Politics & Law: What's on your mind?The Bay Area’s Death Belt
1-11-10Prisons versus higher education fundingTrue Lies: Good Rhetoric on Prison Spending Is not a Plan for Action
10-20-09What ails California?A New Approach on Public Safety