Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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It’s Not Foreigners Who are Plotting Here: What the Data Really Show

A former FBI employee examines official Justice Department records listing all counterterrorism subjects arrested or charged in the last two years.

By Nora Ellingsen | Vol. 82

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The Bail Trap

“As bail has evolved in America, it has become less and less a tool for keeping people out of jail, and more and more a trap door for those who cannot afford to pay it.”

By Nick Pinto | Vol. 79

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When Freedom Isn’t Free

A closer look at the $14 billion industry that helps accused offenders refinance bail charges they can’t meet—at substantial long-term cost.

By Alysia Santo | Vol. 79

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How Prison Debt Ensnares Offenders

For those who are convicted and serve time, court-imposed financial woes often long outlast jail sentences.

By Juleyka Lantigua-Williams | Vol. 79

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The Long-Term Costs of Fining Juvenile Offenders

Court-imposed fines and fees can trap even the very youngest criminal offenders in cycles of poverty and crime.

By Eric Markowitz | Vol. 79


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On Mental Health & Public Responsibility

A summary of this week’s articles, which focus on the issue of mental health in America.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 40


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On Politics & Water

A summary of this week’s articles, which center on the lessons to be learned from the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 33


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Katrina, After Ten Years

A summary of this week’s set of articles on Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophe that revealed much about the elements of civic thriving even as it stripped them away.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 14


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On Religion & Politics in a Secular Age

This week we report on several theologians’ attempts to make sense of the diversification of religious expression in the modern world.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 9

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Law and Grace

Stuntz, the late Harvard and Virginia law professor, questions religious communities’ historic fervor to turn “vice” into “crime.”

By William J. Stuntz | Vol. 8

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