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A Theorist Unchained

How a philosophy professor with ‘monklike tendencies’ became a radical advocate for prison reform

Joon Powell for The Chronicle Review

Lisa Guenther at the Tennessee State Penitentiary
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Sixty miles northeast of Nashville, in a tree-lined valley dotted with grazing cows and idyllic old barns, there’s a 108-acre, $140-million construction site that conjures up visions of an Eastern Bloc gulag.

Christened the Trousdale Correctional...

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