Jesse Eisinger

Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter for ProPublica. He is working on a book about white-collar crime and punishment.


Recent Articles

Get Out of Jail Free

How prosecutors and courts collude to keep corrupt executives from doing prison time. 

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This article appears in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Why Not Jail?: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, and Government Inaction By Rena Steinzor 192 pp. Cambridge University Press $32.99 Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations By Brandon L. Garrett 290 pp. Belknap Press $29.95 In these partisan times, here’s an assertion that cuts across party lines: The United States faces a problem of “overcriminalization,” an explosion of statutes that give the government extraordinary powers to make felons of us all. In 2013, the House Judiciary Committee formed a special task force to address this problem, with Democrats and Republicans signing on. The right-leaning Heritage Foundation has made it one of its signature issues. The Supreme Court has referred to it. But while Democrats and progressives mainly have in mind the excesses of mass incarceration, the right more often has a different concern:...