In Chicago, my city, MRSA has been percolating for years in the county jail, where we lock up over 110,000 people every year, men piled on top of men. [...] Webb, not just a senator but a writer, a novelist, might have been doing what more writers in America should be doing-raising our astonishing rate of imprisonment as a moral concern. Dickens pointed out the problem long ago: But the gaol was a vile place ... where dire diseases were bred, that came into court with the prisoners, and sometimes rushed straight from the dock at my Lord Chief Justice himself, and pulled him off the bench.
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