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Freelance Journalist and Writer, Pacific Standard

I write about crime for @pacificstand and edit @thebafflermag's website. Previously: @CJR, @capitalnewyork, @longformpodcast.

The Smarmies of the Night (Revisited)

thebaffler.com — The Colbert Report, a nine-year running gag in which the former Daily Show correspondent portrayed a louder, meaner, more megalomaniacal Bill O'Reilly, ended last night in a rush of celebrity self-congratulation. The stentorian maximum leader of the Colbert Nation flailed around his studio set to deliver a series of perfunctory bits intended to send up his fake pundit vanity.

The true cost of juvenile incarceration

theweek.com — In 2008, five years into a long and expensive conflict, economists Joseph Stiglitz and Laura Bilmes surprised even the Iraq War's critics with their estimation of its true cost.

Experiments in Extreme Luxury

thebaffler.com — In their unending quest to keep the attention of their wealthiest and most fickle customers, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, and other airlines have been beefing up their luxury travel options lately-from offering multi-room apartments in first-class sections, to allowing passengers to test-drive Porsches while they wait for connecting flights, to ensuring that macadamia nuts are always served neatly on a plate, never in a bag.

The Cost of Juvenile Incarceration

psmag.com — States pay tens of thousands of dollars every year to keep each juvenile offender behind bars. A new report calculates that long-term costs of incarceration could add up to $21 billion annually. * In 2008, five years into a long and expensive conflict, economists Joseph Stiglitz and Laura Bilmes surprised even the Iraq War's critics with their estimation of its true cost.

How to beat a polygraph

theweek.com — Judging by Doug Williams' business website, it doesn't look like he thought he had anything to hide. On Polygraph.com, Williams, a former officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department turned anti-polygraph activist, promises to teach you how to prepare for (read: beat) a polygraph test - through his how-to manual, DVD, and personal training sessions.

Can Kids Who Survive Crimes Be Re-Traumatized by Press?

psmag.com — New research cautions journalists against harming their most vulnerable sources. * On a July afternoon in 2011, on the idyllic Norwegian island of Utøya, 69 people, many of them children, were murdered in a mass shooting. More than 500 others survived, but none of them would be unchanged.

How to Beat a Polygraph

psmag.com — Visualize cool beers on warm summer nights. * Judging by Doug Williams' business website, it doesn't look like thought he had anything to hide. On Polygraph.com, Williams, a former officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department turned anti-polygraph activist, promises to teach you how to prepare for (read: beat) a polygraph test-through his how-to manual, DVD, and personal training sessions.

Absence of Malice (1981)

cjr.org — When bad journalism kills When I was a student in journalism school, in the beginning of my first semester, one of the professors of the required Ethics course assigned the 1981 Sydney Pollack film Absence of Malice.

For Juvenile Records, It's 'Justice by Geography'

psmag.com — Should a young woman in Indiana who was arrested when she was 12 years old for getting in a fight with another girl at her elementary school be denied Section 8 housing as an adult? Should a 68-year-old man in Arizona be turned down for a security job because of crimes he committed when he was a teenager?

Odometer Fraud Continues to Plague Used Car Sales

psmag.com — The tools and methods have evolved over the decades, but the crime remains the same. * In a memorable scene at the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the gang tries to undo the damage the day's joy riding has wrought on Cameron's dad's beloved Ferrari.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @ErikWemple: Just got FOIA results back from U-Va. on the Rolling Stone correspondence with administrators. Will tweet some stuff.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @alysiasanto: Do prison inmates have privacy rights? New rules prohibit guards from viewing opposite-sex inmates in shower/bathrm: themarshallproject.org/2014/12/17/pee…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @PacificStand: Directly after a mass shooting is the wrong time to change mental health care and gun control policies—here's why: psm.ag/G5s4E

Dec 18, 2014

The Very Weak and Complicated Links Between Mental Illness and Gun Violence, my latest for @PacificStand: psmag.com/navigation/hea…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jessbidgood: I'm at Boston's federal court, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to appear for the first time since July 2013.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP: MORE: A Justice Department investigation found a culture of violence against young inmates at Rikers: apne.ws/1w2oYeq

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