Locking up more people does not reduce crime

“WE DON’T have a sentencing problem; we have a crime problem”, Jeff Sessions told sheriffs in Oklahoma in a recent speech. Arguing that jail sentence times and prison populations had been declining while there had been a “national surge in violent crime” the attorney-general concluded: “If we want to bring …

Chipped away

CONGRESS seldom agrees on health care, as is shown by the Republicans’ fruitless attempts to rip up the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. A longtime exception to partisan feuds was the Children’s Health Insurance Programme (CHIP), established in 1997. The scheme, which covers some 9m American children, has been credited, …

Hasidic Jews in upstate New York

KIRYAS JOEL is not like other New York suburbs. Although surrounded by bucolic winding roads and stunning vistas of the wooded foothills of the Catskill mountains, there are few stand-alone houses with big back gardens or picket fences. Almost everyone lives tightly packed in a square-mile labyrinth of multistorey condominium …