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Obama’s Immigration Action

HPR writers debate Obama’s immigration executive order.


Rikers and the Limits of Prison Reform

After a federal investigation discovered a “deep-seated culture of violence” against teenage inmates at Rikers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued the City of New York an ultimatum: reform Rikers within 49 days, or face a federal lawsuit. Yet despite pressure from the courts, media, mayor, and public, the pace of reform has been agonizingly slow […]


A Crossroads: Rikers and the Cost of Mass Incarceration

New York City jails are a $1.1 billion problem.


The Problem with Yellen’s Inequality Speech

Why Greg Mankiw thinks Janet Yellen shouldn’t be talking about inequality


Race and Rikers

Mainstream media coverage has ignored how institutional racism sustains the violence at Rikers.


Wal-Mart and Workers’ Rights: A Case Study

In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act into law, creating the first national minimum wage. This bill forever changed the relationship between legislation and workers’ rights, challenging lawmakers to work toward protecting the financial and physical rights of the worker, in this case by ensuring they received a living wage. The […]