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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Handmaid's Tale

It was tempting to title this week's cover story about Christian programs in New Mexico's womens' prison after Margaret Atwood's famously dystopic novel, but I wasn't sure the allusion would mean something to everyone, nor does it quite fit. At any rate, everyone should read writer Silja JA Talvi's piece this week, which focuses on this trend of private prisons contracting with fundamentalist Christian groups to help rehab (aka convert) prisoners. And then everyone should read Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. And then everyone should panic. Back soon with more good cheer!