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Naïve or Necessary? Empathy for Outgroups in Times of Heightened Human Conflict
The Covid-19 pandemic represents a profound challenge for all of mankind. A year after the first outbreak was discovered, deaths directly caused by the virus surpassed 2.5 million, and that number was almost surely an undercount. The discovery of several …
Red hot prisons in Latin America
In the last days of February, prisons in the region demonstrated the nature of the crisis in which they are submerged. In Ecuador, on the 23rd, a series of riots ended in at least 79 deaths. A few days before, in Paraguay, prisoners had taken control of t…
Solitary Confinement in Nineteenth-Century Prisons
When British author Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, there were two destinations he had his heart set on visiting: Niagara Falls and Eastern State Penitentiary. Opened in 1829, Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary was one of t…
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