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Eric Lotke has cooked in five-star restaurants and flushed every toilet in the Washington D.C. jail. He has filed headline lawsuits and published headline research on crime, prisons, and sex offenses. His most recent book is Making Manna.


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Lincoln Memorial statue Friday, February 12, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
For Abe Lincoln, on his Birthday With respect to Honest Abe on his birthday (February 12), I update his Gettysburg Address.

Prison Policy Initiative Friday, October 23, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Vote for Justice Over Money at the FCC "In my sixteen years as a regulator," said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, "this is the clearest, most egregious case of market failure I have seen." On Thursday the FCC voted to set it right, and to limit the exploitative pricing of phone calls between people in prison and their families.

Monday, October 12, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Real Problem with Private Prisons. Hint: It's not the Lobbying The problem of private prisons goes beyond lobbying and campaign contributions. Private prisons are filled because they are there. They succeed by being available. Companies build them, and the people come.

Making Manna, cover art Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Pope Goes to Prison. The Bishops Explain Why. On Sunday Pope Francis will visit a prison in Philadelphia. A statement by the US Bishops provides a Catholic perspective on crime and punishment.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Pope on Climate Change: 'Thou Shalt not Kill' The Pope is coming to DC. His encyclical brings traditional morals to the climate debate. "The Earth is our common home," he reminds us. She cannot be "plundered at will."

Thousands of arrest warrants are being withdrawn in Ferguson, Missouri Thursday, August 27, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Reversal after Ferguson shooting. What next? On Monday the municipal court in Ferguson, Missouri, announced that it was withdrawing thousands of arrest warrants. That's easy, useful and good. But only a beginning.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Baltimore Burning. Foreseen in the Data. The riots in Baltimore give voice to a study I published ten years ago.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
70 Year Old Woman Prosecuted for Neglecting Her 98 Year Old Mother Another case of irrational, excessive prosecution. This is a tragedy,not a crime.

Friday, November 7, 2014 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Our Government is Broken: Ballot Initiatives Prove It Democrats lost but progressive ballot initiatives won. That's because the country is more progressive than people realize, but our broken government doesn't represent their interests.

Thursday, November 8, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Vote of No-Confidence: My election day experience in Virginia I worked the polls in Fairfax, Virginia on election day. All of us were honest, but my friend the UN election monitor would never certify electronic touch-screens without a paper-trail as "Free and Fair." Even my ATM prints out a receipt

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Private Prison Industry: Resistance isn't Futile The private prison industry is on the march. In recent months the industry moved to take over 24 state prisons in southern Florida and buy five prisons in Ohio. Now it's making moves in Michigan. But the industry doesn't always win. Resistance isn't futile.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Dream That Drives The Occupations I've been spending evenings and weekends recently with the Occupy protestors in DC. I can't stay full time because, unlike many protestors, I have two children and a full-time job. But I clearly share their interests and I'm glad they're making the ruckus. Plan or not, I know what they want, too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Representative Moran (and 25 others): Conned by the Concord Coalition A town hall forum convened by my US representative turned out to be an exercise in right-wing indoctrination by an outside group.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples. Enough with blaming public employees for all of America's problems. Like any other job, the people doing the work know how it's done and how to do it better.

Friday, October 1, 2010 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
China Currency Vote and Obama's Export Goal: A Discussion Explains it All The US House of Representatives vote against Chinese currency connects with a DC conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing. Together they show the path to renew the American economy (1) rebuild manufacturing, with (2) a robust industrial policy.

Friday, August 6, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Unemployment Data: No news. Clear conclusions. Today's new unemployment report contains no news, just decimal point changes. It tells us what we already know, that times are bad. The question is whether our great nation can rise to the challenge.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New York State and Prisoners of the Census: Democracy on the March! New York is the most recent state to enact new rules about how people in prison are counted in the U.S. Census. As the votes of no confidence continue, the Census may need to change its practice.

Thursday, July 8, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Progressive Movement: Out of Work and Losing Hope This coalition of blacks, Hispanics, youth and women worked to elect democrats a few years ago. They might be willing to work to keep them in office -- especially if they see that it did them any good. Right now they're sitting at home, out of work and low on hope. The Republicans have won the message war. Democrats don't even seem to be fighting.

Friday, June 4, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Jobless Data: Without Census, it's 10 Percent Unemployment But for Census hiring, unemployment would have ticked all the way back up to 10 percent. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, "I'm from the government and I'm already helping you."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Census and Democracy: Maryland Fixes a Major Error In the wake of the 2010 Census, Maryland passed a law yesterday that fixes a major problem. Maryland will now count people in prison where they actually live, not where they are confined. This first-in-the-nation law will improve the fairness and accuracy of Census data used to draw legislative boundaries.

Monday, April 12, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tax Audits: IRS Gives Big Corporations a Pass A stunning new analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University shows how the IRS targets smaller corporations, while larger corporations that would yield more unpaid tax dollars go unaudited.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Good Obama Middle Class Help. But What About Jobs? The White House announced its economic initiatives for middle class families, described as a preview of the State of the Union Address. They're all good ideas and I hope every one of them passes. But what about jobs?

Thursday, January 21, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Official. Corporations Rule. People have been wondering for years who runs our country. People or wealthy corporations? Today the Supreme Court settled the debate.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beyond Massachusetts. A New Coalition to Build Jobs. No, it's not the election. But at 11:00 am this morning (EST) the Building America's Future coalition is announcing its support for an important new piece of legislation, the National Infrastructure Bank.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The 2010 Elections: Bring "em on! I'm looking forward to 2010. An election is a chance to fight.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Federal Reserve: Are You Listening To Your Own Data? The Federal Reserve today releases industrial production data with good news. Will it draw the right conclusions?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The President Asks for Help. From Us. At his Brookings speech today the president outlined his economic plan. It has all the right pieces and it points in the right direction. But something is missing.

Monday, November 30, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Jobs Summit and Bernanke's Reappointment: Connect The Dots How ironic that President Obama's jobs summit should be scheduled on the same date (Thursday, December 3) that the Senate Banking Committee has scheduled the reconfirmation hearing of Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. Maybe someone can ask him about jobs.

Monday, November 30, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernanke Breaks the Law. His Own. Thursday December 3 is the date of both the President's Jobs Summit and the reconfirmation hearing of Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. We should seize the opportunity to examine the statute that creates the Federal Reserve.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama's Home And The Report Is Out: China Takes Us To School President Obama is home from China and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission today releases its 2009 report to Congress. What have we learned? That we need to pay attention because we're getting schooled.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What Chinese Currency Manipulation Looks Like As President Obama packs for China, I thought I'd draw him a picture of how China is manipulating its currency.

Friday, November 6, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Unemployment, Old Solutions Today's unemployment data contain gloomy news. Gloomy, but expected. The interpretation of the data is even worse.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Building a Smart Grid, Smartly President Barack Obama announced today $3.4 billion in government grants to help build a "smart" electric grid. Like many Obama initiatives, it's a smart first step. But much more is needed and one piece is rarely mentioned at all.

Monday, October 19, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bernanke solves the wrong deficit Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke recognized today that America's trade deficit played a central role in the global economic crisis. Then after he recognized the problem, he went on to solve a different one.

Friday, October 16, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Time to Take on the Banks The American people didn't bail out banks that were too big to fail so they could take over banks that were smaller and did.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The American People: Smarter Than They Look On TV New public opinion research by the Economic Policy Institute contains reassuring findings. The American people are smarter than they sometimes look on TV.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Steel City: Forgotten But Not Gone The G-20 summit is an opportunity to reexamine world trade. And the new economy most worth exploring is one that's more balanced and less dependent on overstretched U.S. consumers.

Monday, September 21, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The G-20 Summit: Lessons from Pittsburgh At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh later this week, people will hear about the city's slump and rebirth. That's good as far as it goes, but it dodges the ultimate question. Can the United States remain the world's consumer forever? Or will the G-20 chart the process by which the global economy after the crisis is more balanced, less dependent on U.S. consumption, and sustainable in Pittsburgh as well as Beijing?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hobbled, We're Losing The Global Energy Race While American ideologues talk free market purity, countries with intelligent, carefully considered industrial policies are pulling ahead of us. Energy is key.

Friday, July 10, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Building a Clean Energy Economy: The IMPACT Act The Waxman-Markey Clean Energy and Security Act squeaked through the House of Representatives late last week (219-212). One unheralded addition in the closing hours makes the bill even stronger and more important - the IMPACT provision to support clean energy manufactur

Saturday, July 4, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Madoff: Fall Guy or First of Many? Bernard Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history. But there is no closure here. We can't let Madoff's sentence distract us from the underlying problems. This isn't just about Madoff. This is about the system in which Madoff's scam took place.

Saturday, June 13, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Threat To Capitalism The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched yesterday "a sweeping national advocacy campaign ... to defend and advance America's free enterprise values in the face of rapid government growth and attacks by anti-business activists." The Chamber of Commerce doesn't get it. They aren't defending capitalism and free enterprise. They are all but destroying it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
2044: Big Brother Inc. A new novel, "2044," starts where George Orwell's 1984 left off. The problem is Big Brother Inc., not Big Brother. The government didn't take over. It got taken over. 2044 follows the pattern to the endpoint.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Center-Left America The media still calls America a "center-right" nation, but "center-left" is closer to the truth. On issues ranging from health care to energy, the public is more progressive than people think. A new report documents the trends and challenges the mainstream media to recognize reality.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
CPAC: Conservatives Pout and Complain Three days at the 2007 I just spent three days at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the preeminent national gathering of the conservative movement.