Familiar Narrative in Profile of ‘a South-Central Statistic’

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Danielle Allen, a Harvard political scientist, examines the troubling life and early death of her Los Angeles cousin, Michael A. Allen, in a lyrical New Yorker profile, "The Life of a South-Central Statistic." The cousin went to prison as a teenager in the 1990s, amid California's three-strikes frenzy. He was paroled after a decade but failed in his attempts . . .

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