The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 9, September

A Culture of Caring with an Inspired Leader at the Helm, Missouri Shows the Rest of the Nation an Effective-And Cost-Effective-Reform Model for Young Offenders
LIKE A BORN POLITICIAN, MARK STEWARD, DIRECtor of Missouri's Division of Youth Services, seldom forgets a name. Ambling through the gleaming halls of the Hogan Street Regional Youth Center in St. Louis on a recent summer afternoon, Steward stopped...
Adolescents, Maturity, and the Law: Why Science and Development Matter in Juvenile Justice
ANTHONY LASTER WAS A 15-YEAR-old eighth-grader with an IQ of 58 who was described by relatives as having the mind of a 5-year-old. One day in 1998, shortly after his mother died, Anthony was hungry, so he reached into the pocket of another student...
Bayou Betterment: In Louisiana, a New Juvenile Justice System Is Emerging, with the Governor's Strong Support. If Reform Can Happen Here, It Can Succeed Anywhere
THE FORMER CORRECTIONAL OFFICER MOPS sweat off his brow as he plays two-on-one basketball against kids he would have once called offenders. Michael Gaines gestures toward the man who s trying to block a layup by one of the kids. In the old days, he...
Chronic Pain and Opioids
Debunking the Myths: Part 1 What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is a progressive disease of the nervous system, caused by failure of the body's internal pain control systems. The disease is accompanied by changes in the chemical and anatomical...
Communities Helping Kids: Why Diversion, Outreach, and Counseling Programs Serve Troubled Children-And Society-Better Than Prisons
WITH THE TEMPERATURE CREEPING ABOVE 97 degrees in Austin, Texas, Melissa Barlow hurtles along Interstate 35 in a Toyota Corolla, the air conditioner blasting. It s a Thursday in June, and she has a tight schedule. Barlow supervises caseworkers in an...
Cruel Convergence: The Era of Get-Tough Juvenile Justice Is Also the Era of Managed Care, and Children with Mental-Health Needs Are Caught in the Crossfire
FOR THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN with debilitating mental illnesses, the get-tough juvenile-justice culture of the 1990s could not have come at a worse time. The new punitive policies emerged in tandem with the slow breakdown of the public mental-health system,...
Day 1,461 and Counting
THIS SEPTEMBER 11 WILL MARK THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The media will focus on the ceremonies at the former World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and other cities and towns around the country that will honor...
Detention Redemption: In One California County, Progressive Leaders and Law-Enforcement Officials Are Transforming a Troubled Juvenile-Justice System
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY'S JUVENILE hall sits on a pine- and oak-studded hillside across from a state park. It is a low-slung building made of concrete block with doors painted a bilious shade of green. From outside, it hardly looks like a national model...
Dossier: Back to School
The percentage of schools that during the 2002-03 school year flunked the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act were 5 percent in Alabama, 14 percent in Wyoming, 40 percent in Illinois, and 76 percent in Florida...
First Do Some Harm: Physicians and Psychologists Are Now Taking Part in Interrogations. but Are They Following Their Professions' Rules, or the Military's?
MOHAMMED, A 36-YEAR-OLD graduate of Baghdad University's College of Art, says he was examined by an American physician in a detention facility near Baghdad International Airport shortly after being arrested in late 2003. "The doctor said, 'Maybe you...
How Times Have Changed
BACK IN THE LATE 1970s, WHEN GASOLINE PRICES zoomed and oil companies were making money hand over fist, our government enacted a windfall profit tax to return some of those unjustified gains to the public that was paying for them. Today, as gasoline...
Inferior Design: In Late September, a Contemporary Scopes Trial Gets under Way in Pennsylvania. for the Right, It's Been 39 Years in the Making
ON SEPTEMBER 26, AN EVENT THAT THE NATIONAL media will surely depict as a new Scopes trial is scheduled to begin. Hearings will commence in a First Amendment lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Dover, Pennsylvania, school...
Iraq, Quantified
IF YOU'RE A JOURNALIST OR scholar writing about Iraq, chances are good you've come across the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index, a collection of statistics on the country's reconstruction (www.brookings.edu/iraqindex). The data are compiled by senior...
Letting Go of Iraq
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRO-IRANIAN, ISLAMIC government in Iraq was not exactly what the Bush administration told us to expect from the war. But it may well be the result, and I am beginning to think that there is nothing that the United States can...
Metro Food Fight
SINCE LATE JUNE, WASHINGTON's Metro buses and trains have been inundated by the "Got Lactose Intolerance" ad from MilkMakesMeSick.org. The advertisement features four individuals seemingly caught in the throes of severe gastrointestinal distress, each...
Our Federalists
WITH THE FEDERALIST Society, the right's networking organization for law students and lawyers, back in the news due to the John Roberts membership kerfuffle, many liberals are wondering, Why don't we have one of those? Well, we do. It's called...
Pop-Aganda: A Question for Karen Hughes: Why Is the Administration Peddling the Kind of Schlock to the Arab World That It's Always Denouncing at Home?
IN EARLY MARCH, GEORGE W. BUSH named his longtime adviser Karen Hughes the administration's undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Apparently, it's a woman's job: She was the third to be named to that post since September...
Race and Redemption: Reform Is Coming to Juvenile Justice. but except in Pioneering Communities, It Still Comes Too Slowly for Black and Latino Youths
AS AN ATTORNEY FOR THE YOUTH Law Center, litigating largely over conditions of confinement, James Bell spent some 20 years in courtrooms across America. The scene was always much the same: Even in communities that were overwhelmingly white, those arrested,...
Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Century Ago, Reformers Proved That Prisons Don't Help Wayward Children. Now America Is Learning That Lesson All over Again
IN 1899, ILLINOIS AND COLORADO established a new "Children's Court." The idea was to substitute treatment and care for punishment of delinquent youths. These changes were promoted by child advocates such as the famous social activist Jane Addams and...
Student Body Right: At Evangelical Colleges like Pat Robertson's Regent, What They're Taught and What They Learn Are Two Very Different Things
IT WAS OVER CANTALOUPE AND COTTAGE CHEESE THAT the Lord told Pat Robertson to build a university. The year was 1975, and the minister, then 45, was running so late for a meeting that he decided to head to a nearby coffee shop, get his famous snack,...
The Good Fight: The New Partnership for a Secure America Represents the Good Kind of Bipartisanship. but Is Bipartisanship Enough to Dislodge the Neocons?
OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL PRESS Club on the morning of August 3, the Washington summer was as hot and oppressive as ever. But inside, Warren Rudman and Lee Hamilton, two grizzled veterans of the national-security world, called for cool at the launch event...
Their War, Too: Are Mere Pundits Responsible When an Administration's Policy Goes Wrong? When Their Sophistic Arguments Helped Sell and Sustain It, Very
IN THE INFORMATION AGE, WARS ARE NOT MADE BY governments alone. This is especially true of wars of choice. When America has been attacked--at Pearl Harbor, or as on September 11--the government needed merely to tell the people that it was our duty...
They Want Your TV
AS CURRENT LAW HAS it, the residents of the 16 million American households that still rely on over-the-air broadcasts as their only source of television will awaken on January 1, 2007, to nothing but a snowy screen, as the channels they've relied on...
Voice-Over America: You've Read about What Kenneth Tomlinson Is Doing to Public TV. What He's Already Done to the Voice of America Is His Other Scandal
THE STORY OF KENNETH TOMLINson's efforts to impose his right-tilting version of "balance" on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has incited national controversy. But while that tale is well-known, Tomlinson's malign influence on another...
Who Gives a Flying Flag? the Smearing of Joe Wilson, the Excuses for Karl Rove: For the Pundits of the Right, National Security Is Just a Bumper Sticker
LOOKING AT THE REACTIONS OF THE right-wingers to l'affaire Novak-Rove-Wilson-Plame, you'd have to conclude that, for them, national security is a sometime thing--a talking point or a symbolic flourish, but not a real-world imperative involving actual...
Wrong, Wrong, and ... Wrong!
WRONG, WRONG, AND ... WRONG! On Iraq and al-Qaeda On WMD William Kristol "I do believe Saddam "I think we'll be vindi- Hussein, at the end of cated when we discover the day,...