Joseph M. Bessette
Joseph M. Bessette is the Alice Tweed Tuohy Emeritus Professor of Government and Ethics at Claremont McKenna College. He has also worked for the Cook County (IL) State’s Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Articles by Joseph M. Bessette
Punish less and crime will increase; punish more and it will decrease.
William Barr knows the indispensability of the rule of law.
Joseph M. Bessette examines John Eastman’s post-election memoranda.
Obama's latest memoir disappoints in its treatment of his presidency.
Donald Trump is precisely not the type of demagogue that the founders feared.
Serious decarceration will not be achieved without reducing punishment for violent crime.
Violent crime in America ebbs and flows.
Jennifer E. Walsh reviews "The City that Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)," by Franklin E. Zimring, and "The Collapse of American Criminal Justice," by William J. Stuntz
A review of Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power, by Jeremy D. Bailey
As a scientific theory, Darwinism must be made susceptible to scientific refutation.
John Yoo, presidential initiative, and war.
A review of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, by Stephen M. Barr; The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design, by William A. Dembski; By Design: Science and the Search for God, by Larry Witham;
By rights, Lott's new book ought to have a powerful effect on the gun control debate in the country.
The death penalty rests on a moral judgment about good and evil, responsibility and blame.
The paradox is that as American politicians and professional pollsters have formed an ever tighter union, American government has become less and less responsive to public preferences.