Hell Factories in the Field
One writer looks at what "getting tough on crime" has wrought in the Golden State.
Thursday, March 30, 1995
The road from Mecca follows the Northern Pacific tracks past Bombay Beach to Niland, then turns due south through a green maze of marshes and irrigated fields. The bad future of California rises, with little melodrama, in the middle distance between the skeleton of last year's cotton crop and the aerial bombing range in the Chocolate Mountains.
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