Best Criminaljustice podcasts we could find (Updated August 2019)
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This award-winning podcast documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards. Reporters travel around the country and hear from people directly impacted by their encounter with jails and to chronicle the progress ground-up efforts have made in diversion, bail reform, recidivism, adoption of technology and other crucial aspects of the move toward decarceration at local levels.
 
Sometimes challenging, often disturbing, occasionally absurd, always timely: Criminal Injustice explores the most complex and urgent issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system in conversation with the field's most knowledgeable experts. Professor David Harris and guests take on everything from racial bias to use of force... from surveillance technology to mass incarceration... and from police abuse and misconduct to the astonishing, frequently hilarious misdeeds of "Lawyers Behaving Badl ...
 
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Beyond Prisons
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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein
 
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Reentry Radio
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Reentry Radio is the official podcast of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
 
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Decarcerated
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Hosted by Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, Marlon Peterson, Decarcerated highlights the journeys of success of people who has spent time in prison. In America there are over 68 million people with a criminal conviction. Decarcerated will tell you their stories of success.
 
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Beyond Prisons
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Beyond Prisons is a podcast on justice, mass incarceration, and prison abolition. Hosted by @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein
 
Partnered with the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice, this podcast aims to educate, inform, and promote awareness of criminal justice issues and research. http://cech.uc.edu/criminaljustice.html
 
Sky-high drug prices. Mass incarceration. Predatory lending. These are the surface-level symptoms of broken systems. To find answers, we must peel back the layers and look deeper. Join Arnold Ventures Co-Chair and host Laura Arnold as she shares the mike with leading data-driven experts in this podcast by the Arnold Ventures philanthropy that explores market failures in health care, criminal justice, education, and public finance — and how to fix them.
 
Can entrepreneurship help to reduce recidivism? AKA, can starting a business stop someone from going back to prison? Let's find out.
 
When innocent people go to prison they are robbed of not only their liberty, but also those small comforts we all take for granted. At California Innocence Project, we work tirelessly to ensure the ability to walk uninhibited by injustice can be handed back to these people. In this short series, we go for a walk in the open with our exonerees as they tell their stories and speak of what freedom now means for them.
 
Sky-high drug prices. Mass incarceration. Predatory lending. These are the surface-level symptoms of broken systems. To find answers, we must peel back the layers and look deeper. Join Arnold Ventures Co-Chair and host Laura Arnold as she shares the mike with leading data-driven experts in this podcast by the Arnold Ventures philanthropy that explores market failures in health care, criminal justice, education, and public finance — and how to fix them.
 
Editor Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Podcast Editor and Co-Host Josh Berezin, M.D., M.S., discuss key aspects of research recently published by Psychiatric Services (https://ps.psychiatryonline.org/), a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Tune in to Psychiatric Services From Pages to Practice to learn about the latest mental health services research and why it is relevant. Topics include community-based treatment programs, collaborative care, evidence-based treatment and service ...
 
Swag Bender with Dr. Dariel "DT" Henry is a conversation about education, culture, football, and motivation.
 
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Un:Just
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Miscarriages of justice are often overlooked in the UK. After all, tales of wrongful conviction are consigned to the United States, right? At least, that's what the array of documentaries available would have us believe. But we are no strangers to sending innocent people to prison in the UK; take the Birmingham 6, the Guildford 4 and the Cardiff 3 as examples. These problems remain today, albeit very quietly. Un:Just seeks to explore the weird and shameful world of miscarriages of justice. W ...
 
Dr. Vanda Seward is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College. Dr. Seward is retired from the Kings (Brooklyn) County District Attorney’s Office where she spearheaded the County Re-entry Taskforce. Prior to accepting her position at the District Attorney’s Office. Dr. Vanda Seward held the position of Statewide Director of Reentry Services for New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (Parole) in this ...
 
We know you've got time to listen to this podcast about Orange is the New Black. Host Erin Qualey is an experienced therapist who invites various professionals in the mental health and criminal justice fields onto the podcast to discuss and fact check the show as well as process all the feels. We're here for you, friend. Join us! You can contact the podcast on Twitter @YouveGotTimePod, via email at YouveGotTimePodcast@gmail.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/YouveGotTimePodcast.
 
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PRI's College Initiative (CI) program partnered with the StoryCorps Justice Project, which works to preserve and amplify the voices of individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration. Through a workshop with the Justice Project, CI students Tomas (above, left) and Victor (above, right) interviewed each other about their experiences pursuing ...…
 
Criminal Injustice returns soon with new episodes. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared November 21, 2017. ================ An important rule of legal ethics is the obligation to keep client information confidential. Lawyers say that rule is fundamental to the attorney client relationship ...…
 
Comedian Felonious Munk was among the 13,000 formerly incarcerated people whose voting rights Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored in 2018. 70 Million creator Juleyka Lantigua-Williams talks with Munk about the years he spent in prison, the shock of losing his freedom, and his crusade for sensible justice reform.…
 
Bucking a decades-long trend of fewer death sentences imposed by states, the Trump administration wants to bring back capital punishment in federal cases. What does that mean? What happens next?
 
Criminal Injustice returns soon with new episodes. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared January 23, 2018. ================ Why has the US prison population has grown for decades, surpassing two million? We’ve put more people in jail, but new research shows it’s not just how many people go ...…
 
At 17, Mark Denny was wrongfully convicted of a rape and robbery in Brooklyn. It took nearly 30 years for that conviction to be overturned -- and it might never have happened without help from the same office that prosecuted him. Reporter Sabine Jansen tells the story of the Brooklyn Conviction Review Unit, the DAs who re-investigate their coll ...…
 
Here we are again: amid a worsening climate of white supremacist violence and right-wing terrorism, two more horrific mass shootings. How long are we going to keep doing this?
 
Dr. Eric Reed specializes in college and career readiness for youth from urban areas. He finds passion in developing educational and economic platforms to help people from underserved communities thrive in today’s society. He most recently completely a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Dr. Reed is currently ...…
 
The self-proclaimed HBIC (google the urban dictionary), Alicia Garza, principal of the Black Futures Lab that created the Black Census, and co-creator of Black Lives Matter is in rare form in this conversation with Marlon. This episode is not for the thin-skinned. No further description needed. More info about this episode: Sen. Kamala Harris s ...…
 
Criminal Injustice returns soon with new episodes. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared January 8, 2019. ================ Since the creation of the first SWAT teams in the 1960s, militarized police units have multiplied. SWAT teams can rescue hostages or handle emergencies – but are they ...…
 
Five years after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail. Reporter Carolina Hidalgo spent time with the Close the Workhouse campaign and Arch City Defenders, their supporters, and detractors.…
 
In today's toxic political environment, reaching any type of bipartisan agreement can seem like an impossible goal. But criminal justice reform is one issue area where the left and the right routinely manage to form coalitions with one another. So, exactly how does that happen, and how can we replicate the results in other important issue areas ...…
 
In today's toxic political environment, reaching any type of bipartisan agreement can seem like an impossible goal. But criminal justice reform is one issue area where the left and the right routinely manage to form coalitions with one another. So, exactly how does that happen, and how can we replicate the results in other important issue areas ...…
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes later this month. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared April 2, 2019 ================ Jury service is THE way that members of the public participate in the criminal justice system. But who gets to serve? Are certain racial or ethnic groups excl ...…
 
Tamiki Banks’ life was turned upside down when her husband was arrested, leaving her the sole breadwinner and caregiver to their twins. More than two years later, she’s still struggling, and he’s still in custody, even though he hasn’t been convicted of any crime. From Atlanta, Pamela Kirkland reports on the heavy burden women of color like Tam ...…
 
Jonathan Purtle, Dr.P.H., M.Sc., joins Dr. Dixon and Dr. Berezin to discuss state legislators’ opinions about adverse childhood experiences as risk factors for adult behavioral health conditions, as well as how opinions vary between legislators with different characteristics. Dr. Purtle’s research interests [1:35] What are adverse childhood exp ...…
 
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died last week at age 99, was an independent thinker and a fascinating figure. We recall a few notable moments from Justice Stevens's extraordinary legal career.
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes later this month. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared November 27, 2018. ================ When the police kill an unarmed black man, we know the family and community suffer. But what about other people – particularly Black Americans beyond tho ...…
 
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, are overrepresented behind bars. One reason is that police officers, lawyers, and correctional staff don’t always know how to meet their needs. Reporter Cheryl Green brings us to Oregon, where case managers translate their needs for a system that’s not set up to accommodate ...…
 
Donald Trump's (thus far unfulfilled) threats of mass immigration raids in major cities have led many to wonder: if ICE comes knocking with a deportation order, do I have to let them in? Unless they have an order from a real judge (not a DOJ-appointed immigration judge), the answer is NO.
 
Jabari Muhammad and his wife own FOI ETC. They sell fragrances, oils, and incense at stores and online, and are the creators of the Bari Butter. Jabari honed his entrepreneurial skills on the streets in KCMO, and became the upstanding business man he is today in prison. Visit FOI ETC: http://www.foietc.com/…
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes later this month. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared April 16, 2019. ================ American prosecutors have always been powerful figures in our justice system: they decide the charges, and offer the plea bargains. But our guest says they ...…
 
PRI's College Initiative (CI) program partnered with the StoryCorps Justice Project, which works to preserve and amplify the voices of individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration. Through a workshop with the Justice Project, CI staff member Carlos Quintana (above, left) interviewed CI student Derek about his experiences taking college c ...…
 
For years, to fund itself New Orleans’ criminal legal system has relied on bail, fines and fees levied on the city’s poorest. But there are signs of change in the horizon, with a groundswell of community action and two landmark federal rulings in the last year. Reporter Eve Abrams takes us inside some of the big shifts happening in the Big Easy.…
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes later this month. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared March 5, 2019. ================ Americans know that if they want a better criminal justice system, prosecutors must drive change. We’ve seen the result in election of more progressive prose ...…
 
Welcome to Own It: Starting a Business After Prison, a podcast where we interview second chance entrepreneurs about what it really takes to start a business after prison. For the next season of the show, we will share the firsthand experiences of formerly incarcerated people who have started successful businesses. These episodes are called "Dra ...…
 
70 Million is back for Season 2! Starting July 15, hear 10 weekly episodes from a new batch of reporters who will take a closer look at communities and programs trying bold solutions to solve big problems in criminal justice. Hear stories about cash bail reform, overturning wrongful convictions, and more from folks who make up the 70 million US ...…
 
Kemisha Denny is the HIV Care Engagement Coordinator for Maryland Department of Health. She recently graduated from University of New England with her Masters in Public Health with a focus on Community and Global Health. She received her Bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion. Graduated from Dean College in Associate ...…
 
More analysis of the recently completed Supreme Court term, this time on WESA's The Confluence.
 
We're holding off on the launch of season 7 so we can squeeze in a few more bonus episodes on recent and developing news stories. Today: analysis of the just-concluded U.S. Supreme Court session.
 
The Supreme Court affirms the longstanding "dual sovereignty" doctrine, which skirts the Fifth Amendment's Double Jeopardy Clause by distinguishing between state and federal cases.
 
Dr. Dixon and Dr. Berezin discuss psychiatric hospitalization of youths with autism spectrum disorder and whether increasing spending on home and community-based care lowers that risk [1:13], reducing hospitalization through court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment with or without assertive community treatment [11:20], and use of behavioral ...…
 
It's one of the larger investments that most people will make during their lifetime, and yet, making sure that a college degree leads to a solid return on the original investment isn't always easy. A lack of transparency and accountability within the higher education system often leads to confusion for the very students who are looking to mark ...…
 
It's one of the larger investments that most people will make during their lifetime, and yet, making sure that a college degree leads to a solid return on the original investment isn't always easy. A lack of transparency and accountability within the higher education system often leads to confusion for the very students who are looking to mark ...…
 
Paige Johnson is a successful entrepreneur in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the founder of the Gilded Sparrows Network. The team at Gilded Sparrows works with women with justice-involvement to help them create product-based businesses that are beautiful and profitable. https://gildedsparrows.org/
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes on July 2, 2019. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared February 5, 2019. ================ Chicago has seen police scandals for decades -- from torturing suspects into confessions to the Laquan McDonald murder and coverup. James Kalven has combin ...…
 
Malissa Sanon is a doctoral candidate at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology program. Her concentration is in higher education. Sanon has presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) in 2016, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) in 2017, Association for the ...…
 
In 2017, PRI's College Initiative (CI) program partnered with the StoryCorps Justice Project, which works to preserve and amplify the voices of individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration. Through a workshop with the Justice Project, CI students LaStar (above, left) and Liz (above, right) interviewed each other about their childhood asp ...…
 
Criminal Injustice returns with new episodes on July 2, 2019. Until then, we're reposting some of our favorite interviews. This episode originally appeared January 22, 2019. ================ Black Americans say they often experience difficulty with police that whites don't experience: extra scrutiny, harassment, profiling, even violence. Police ...…
 
As we wrap up season 6 and pause for a quick summer break, some exciting news: Criminal Injustice returns in July as part of the Pittsburgh-based Postindustrial Media network. It's the first of several big changes you'll be hearing in the months ahead, and producer Josh Raulerson is in studio to help unpack the agenda. We leave you with Dave's ...…
 
A federal judge says Seattle's new contract with police puts the city out of compliance with a 2012 consent that was supposed to make officers more accountable for use of force. We'll be watching this one closely.
 
$17 million in grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation seek to refocus attention on an area of criminal justice reform that's been largely overlooked in the push to end mass incarceration: conditions inside prisons. Small, Safe, and Humane: A Vision for Prison Reform
 
A dystopian scene in London, where police are deploying facial recognition cameras on streets and issuing citations to passersby who don't consent to be scanned. Is this our future? Fines And Facial Recognition - BBC Click
 
Before the age of 17 Chris Wilson's mother was raped by a police officer. His father was murdered. His cousin was killed in front of him. At 17-years old, Chris was sentenced to life in prison for taking a person's life. When he was 19 he decided to create a master plan for his life, and that master plan lead to his early release from prison, a ...…
 
Dr. Dixon and Dr. Berezin discuss an innovative program to engage patients with early psychosis [1:12], two essays on the legalization of marijuana [11:25], and the aftermath of celebrity suicide [22:30]. Check out Editor's Choice, a new set of curated collections from the rich resource of articles published in the journal. Sign up to receive n ...…
 
Each year in America, almost 350,000 people are incarcerated for some sort of violation of their probation or parole conditions. Often, these violations involve technical infractions that are as commonplace as a traffic violation but can result in multi-year prison sentences. Rap artist and activist Meek Mill is someone who knows all about the ...…
 
Each year in America, almost 350,000 people are incarcerated for some sort of violation of their probation or parole conditions. Often, these violations involve technical infractions that are as commonplace as a traffic violation but can result in multi-year prison sentences. Rap artist and activist Meek Mill is someone who knows all about the ...…
 
In the last five years, we’ve seen case after case of police killing unarmed civilians – even people running away. Usually, officers do not face charges; when they do, juries often acquit them. Does the law governing police use of force favor police? Our guest, Professor Cynthia Lee, is one of the leading thinkers on use of force law, and she’l ...…
 
Dr. Terrance J. McClain, is a Student Development Specialist at Texas State University and recently defended his dissertation titled Advising African American Males: From the Advisors Viewpoint. The purpose of this study was to analyze workplace learning experiences of professional academic advisors, utilizing adult learning theories (in partic ...…
 
Hundreds of former federal prosecutors are now on record that -- but for the Justice Department's policy against prosecuting sitting presidents -- the Mueller report contains ample evidence to bring obstruction charges against Donald Trump.
 
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