Now that I no longer work there, I can encourage you to donate to Reason without feeling like I’m encouraging you to donate to me. Although I guess I’ve done that in the past, too. In any case, Reason is having its annual fundraising drive. You should donate. (Preemptive rebuttal: No, donor-supported organizations are not incompatible or even inconsistent with free markets or with libertarianism.) With new hires Mike Riggs and Lucy Steigerwald (in addition to Jacob Sullum, Tim Cavanugh, and the Reason.tv crew), they’ve more than kept the criminal justice beat alive since I left. In fact, those issues are probably getting more attention over there than ever.
Also, if I may shamelessly self-promote, I somehow missed these kind words Jonathan Rauch had for Reason’s criminal justice issue, which Jacob Sullum and I co-edited:
Hats off to Reason for its July special issue on criminal (in)justice. Strong journalism examining, among other things, the unaccountable “culture of misconduct” among gung-ho prosecutors (names are named); and the prevalence of wrongful convictions; an immigration detention system “that treats treats suspected illegal aliens like criminals, but with fewer rights.” Special kudos to Jacob Sullum for a compelling and, in today’s climate, brave takedown of politically sacred sex-offender laws.
I read the whole magazine with mounting admiration. Every article is solid and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, on a subject about which Americans are too complacent. This kind of enterprise is why God invented magazines.
Coming from Rauch, a journalist’s journalist, that’s damned flattering.