Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.


Daylight Video

In honor of last night’s blue moon, here’s Rosanne Cash singing “Blue Moon With Heartache.”

Obama Administration Works on Both the Front and Back End of Criminal Justice Reform

Richard Masoner/Flickr Recently I wrote about Evan McMorris-Santoro’s profile of Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. In the course of describing her work on mandatory minimum sentences, he explains something interesting about the politics involved in criminal justice reform. The divide is now between so-called front-end advocates, who want changes to sentencing laws and penalties given… Read more »

Republican Leaders Complain About Conservative Media

Jackie Calmes has written a paper for the Shorenstein Center titled: They Don’t Give a Damn About Governing: Conservative Media’s Influence on the Republican Party. If leaders of the Republican Party are not setting its agenda, who is? As many of them concede, it is conservative media – not just talk-show celebrities Rush Limbaugh, Sean… Read more »

Alternative Media and Campaign Finance

flash.pro/Flickr Yesterday Ed Kilgore commented on an article by Steven Shepard titled: The Television Election. I too found it interesting, but reached some slightly different conclusions. Shepard’s suggestion that 2016 will be a “television election” isn’t as clear as his title suggests. That’s because he is simply reporting on how candidates will spend their money… Read more »

The Women of DOJ

As we old timers like to put it to the youngsters, I’m old enough to remember when President Clinton nominated Janet Reno to become the first female Attorney General. At the time – as VP Biden would say – that was a BFD. And then last month, Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the first… Read more »