It is, in so many ways, one of the great moral callings of contemporary America. A society that consigns so many of its citizens to jail should be concerned with conditions and treatment within them, as well as the integrity of the justice system that sends them there. Glenn Reynolds deserves real kudos for championing this (even as a back-handed attempt to defend the Bush administration's detention and torture policies). I'm also glad that at the Atlantic, we seem to have a cross-bench consensus. Check out Ross's pragmatic case for reform here; and Matt's concurrence. One of this magazine's great legacies was the abolitionist movement. It's good to see bi-partisan moral causes being championed again.

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