From This Month's Menu

The World and I, December 2003 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

From This Month's Menu


The United States imprisons a higher proportion of its population, by an order of magnitude, than any other developed nation. This "lock them up and throw away the key" penal policy might work fine while the criminal is in jail. But we do not actually throw the key away, and one day the criminal is released. When he is, prison has prepared him, in most cases, for nothing except to continue a life of crime.

There are programs, many of them based on religious beliefs and practices, that seek to rehabilitate criminals, with some evidence of success. In contemporary America there is strong resistance to introducing anything with a religious flavor into areas of public policy. However, purely pragmatic self-interest would suggest that these programs be evaluated seriously. If prisoners can be released posing less of a threat to society than when they were convicted, it surely makes practical sense to do so.

These and related issues are the subject of Creating Penitents in Penitentiaries, the Current Issues Special Report. Meanwhile, the Arts section publishes A Light Still Burns, a collection of poems from prison by Rael James Grey.

President Kennedy had charm and charisma; his presidency was polished into the myth of Camelot by writers like Theodore Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. It did not hurt the Kennedy reputation that the press of the day did not see digging up personal scandal on the president as any part of its mission. But even at the time there were those who did not buy the myth. In John F. Kennedy Without Tears, in the Currents in Modern Thought section, Alan Levine recounts the often ugly political and moral realities behind the shining image. Morton Kaplan offers his own reflections on Kennedy's presidency in his editorial.

The history and historic sites of Britain figure large in this issue.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

From This Month's Menu
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?