Fascinating piece, Kenneth, particularly how we reintegrate individuals convicted of crimes without giving them voter rights. How this can be a state-by-state decision boggles the mind. It’s also telling that Iowa could be so advanced in other areas (prior to the 20th century) yet still backward in criminal reintegration, especially in cases like Kelli where the individual wants to participate in civic affairs but can’t — in fact, gets arrested for trying to do so. This should be addressed at the federal level, but we know that’s never going to happen with both presidential candidates wanting to put more reform initiatives in the hands of the states.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.