John Ehrenreich

John Ehrenreich is a psychologist and frequent writer on social policy topics. He is the author of Third Wave Capitalism (ILR/Cornell University Press) and numerous articles on the psychology of the American right.

Recent Articles

Rethinking Incarceration

What needs to be done to be done to end our half-century long incarceration nightmare?

At year-end, President Trump signed the “First Step” bill for reform of the federal prison system. The bipartisan bill, which passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate by overwhelming votes, pairs changes in sentencing laws with investments in in-prison education and training programs and expansion of early release credits. The bill is well named. Though welcome, it is a very, very modest “first step.” The New York Times estimated that it will immediately reduce the number of people in Federal prisons by only about 7000 inmates, and it will have no impact on hundreds of thousands of inmates of state and local prisons and jails. The overwhelming bipartisan approval of the bill reflects the emergence over the last few years of an unlikely coalition for reform, uniting conservatives and liberals, from Charles Koch to George Soros and from the Fraternal Order of Police to the American Civil Liberties Union. Driven by widespread public support for...