Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara's book, "Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation," attempts to bridge the gap between what we think we know about how torture works and what neuroscientists and other researchers really do know.
Ryan’s comments signal there still may be hope for reform this session. They also send a strong message to leaders from both parties that despite past views or partisan sentiment, criminal justice reform warrants consideration.
This week President Obama proposed the largest commitment of federal funds in a generation to spur state and local criminal justice reform. Though its prospects are uncertain, it comes at the right time.