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The criminal justice system in the United States of America incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Join ex-Probation Officer and abolitionist student, Jordan Perry, every month for interviews of various criminal justice reform advocates and previously incarcerated individuals to discuss how the criminal justice system is going through transformative change in New York State. Mini-episodes will also break down the injustices of the criminal justice system that advocates ...
 
Knowledge Applied takes you inside research shaping your everyday life. Meet the experts working to make cities happier, healthier and more equitable places to live. Season 1 features podcast about smarter cities, food insecurity, smart decarceration, and the postitive effects of nature in urban environment. The Knowledge Applied podcast has been featured on: Bloomberg Cities, Futurity.Org and MyScience.Org. You can subscribe to Knowledge Applied on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and wherever els ...
 
All In Wisconsin focuses on promoting 1) greater communication and collaboration in the field of reentry/reform/decarceration efforts in Wisconsin and 2) showcasing the successes, humanity, and agency of people with criminal records. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Community, the Wisconsin Decarceration Platform, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. We are also a part of a community of media resources in WI that work together to correct the narrative about the justice sy ...
 
Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. In this series, we'll be talking with organizers, troublemakers, and thinkers who are working both to challenge the Trump administration and the circumstances that created it. It can be easy to despair, to feel like trends toward inequality are impossible to stop, to give in to fear over increased racist, sexist, and xenophobic violence. But around the country, people are doing the hard work of fighting back and coming together to plan for what comes nex ...
 
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The Biden Administration pledged to reduce the federal prison population by 50% before the end of his presidency. Today, we're taking a look at how that's been going. Today we'll be reading Biden Said He’d Cut Incarceration in Half. So Far, the Federal Prison Population Is Growing. Click here to support our new prison diversion and re-entry program…
 
The police-involved shootings that get the most attention tend to happen in city centers and suburbs. But what's happening with our rural neighbors? Things can't be all hunky dory, can they? Today we're going line-by-line through How Police Shootings Play Out In Rural America Click here to support our new prison diversion and re-entry program, RLEN…
 
Megan Lundstrum lived a sheltered life in Greeley, Colorado. It was difficult as a single mother of two to live on a teacher's assistant salary. A friend encouraged her to start "sugaring." It wasn't long until Lundstrum realized she wasn't just sugaring--she was prostituting. How deep into the lifestyle did she end up going? And what unlikely path…
 
Incarceration can wreck a person's mental health. A person's current mental illness can be exacerbated, and new conditions can develop behind bars. Prison suicides aren't uncommon. How has the pandemic affected incarcerated peoples' mental health? Today we're reading ‘They Should Have Been Watching’: Suicides Rise in Texas Prisons During Pandemic F…
 
On Sept. 11, 2001, I met with one of my best friends in a restaurant to try to comprehend the incomprehensible events that had unfolded that day. As we watched the news, it became clear that humans did this to other humans. In this bonus episode of 12 Geniuses, 20 years later, I reflect on the day that I lost my faith in humanity. However, I also w…
 
John Kriesel, veteran services director for Anoka County in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, reflects back 20 years to the September 11th attacks and the events that brought him to fight for his country. In the latest episode of the 12 Geniuses podcast, he explains how time and becoming a father changed his perspective on the war and why it’s vital f…
 
Mass incarceration and violence intersect with a dizzying number of other systems. Today, let's look at how gun violence interacts with climate change. We'll be reading How Climate Change Could Influence Gun Violence I mention how researchers in Philadelphia saw a substantial decrease in crime--especially gun violence--through environmental interve…
 
Leadership expert Doug Lennick joined 12 Geniuses back in Season One to discuss the importance of emotional competence at work. In this episode, Don and Doug meet again to discuss the trends shaping the labor market today. They also talk about the importance of understanding and embracing your employees’ values and how to establish strong relations…
 
Keith Stroup is a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in 1970. Stroup obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and in 1968 he graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Stroup first smoked marijuana when…
 
Giadha A. DeCarcer, the founder and executive chair of New Frontier Data, first joined 12 Geniuses back in April 2019. Since the episode aired, the world has seen a greater increase in the potential of cannabis than could have been predicted. Giadha and Don meet again to talk about changes in both cannabis investments and usage, the innovations we’…
 
In Season One of 12 Geniuses, futurist Rebecca Ryan joined the show to talk about the future of America and how changes in the country can be embraced in positive ways. Today, she and Don reconnect to talk about the future of work after the pandemic significantly disrupted what work looks like. Rebecca discusses the implications and importance of w…
 
Police reform following George Floyd's (and Bre's and so many more...) has generally been scattered and slow moving. One generally shared objective for police and reformists is to change--or limit--the responsibilities police have to handle. These sorts of initiatives often make things safer for the person needing help as well as law enforcement. N…
 
Chris has held both sales and leadership positions in the investment management as well as executive leadership positions in the cannabis industry. In his current role, Chris is the Managing Partner of Phoenix Distributors, a sales and marketing as a service company for the cannabis industry. Phoenix Distributors focuses on helping Cannabis and CBD…
 
A bill with bipartisan support was signed by the governor in my home state of Missouri. It's being celebrated as a criminal justice and police reform bill. But how much does it actually reform, and will it decarcerate our system? On today's episode, we're reading Bipartisan police, criminal justice reform bill banning chokeholds signed into law Cli…
 
Jim Geckler joined 12 Geniuses back in Season One to bravely and candidly share his personal story of addiction and recovery. This week, Jim and Don catch up to discuss how the treatment field has changed over the last three years. In that time, virtual health care has quickly become instrumental in providing treatment services. They also talk abou…
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of when then-President Nixon declared war on drugs. So, how have we done? We're reading 50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans Read about how Nixon's war on drugs targeted "the antiwar left and black people," according to a former aide, in Legalize It All: How To Win The War On Drugs Click h…
 
We get to hang out and talk about civil (and criminal) forfeiture with Kevin Heade. Kevin is a criminal defense attorney, President of Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona, and a board member of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. First, we'll read Maine Abolishes Civil Forfeiture, Now Requires A Criminal Conviction To Take Property If you're…
 
In Season One of 12 Geniuses, keynote speaker Ryan Estis joined the show. During that conversation, Ryan talked about how 2019 was poised to be the most successful year of his business. The year after that, the pandemic hit, and in-person events were abruptly canceled. Listen in to hear about the ways that Ryan pivoted his business to include virtu…
 
Let's explore diversion programs and alternatives to incarceration. Want to decarcerate our system? Diversion and alternatives to incarceration are the way to go. Today we're reading Building exits off the highway to mass incarceration: Diversion programs explained Check out Upstream by Dan Heath Learn how you can contribute to our own prison diver…
 
Ari Sherman and Jourdan Samel are Sales & Marketing executives in the natural products industry. Ari and Jourdan Co-Founded Hemp Health and natural foods brand Evo Hemp in 2012 to facilitate the evolution of the United States family farm. By establishing a supply chain of U.S. grown hemp, they’re working to revive the country’s agricultural system.…
 
In Season One of 12 Geniuses, energy expert Lauren Azar joined the show to discuss trends in energy consumption. Those subjects included the viability of coal, where we can find long-term sources of energy and the impact of emerging technologies. Since that conversation in October 2018, there have been incredible advancements in energy production a…
 
Additional reading & resources: Dr. Forget’s book: “Basic Income for Canadians: The key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all Click here to access the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s “Costing a Guaranteed Basic Income During the COVID Pandemic” report. Click here to access the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s “Costing a National Guaranteed…
 
We've got a special guest for you today. Na'im is a decarcerated man from South Central Los Angeles. He now leads SWAGG INC., a non-profit that provides prevention, pre-entry, and re-entry services in Kansas City, MO. He'll read some excerpts from the emotional memoir he's writing. We'll also get to hear from two SWAGG interns on their experience w…
 
In Season Three of 12 Geniuses, trust expert Álvaro Marquez joined the show. At the time, he and Don discussed the future of trust and how a disruptive global event could alter society’s concept of trust. Little did they know at the time how much trust would be compromised over the next 18 months as the Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout the world…
 
Many jails and prisons have something called "inmate welfare funds." The funds are filled by payments from currently incarcerated people and their families as they pay for things like access to phone calls. And the money is supposed to be used for things like educational programming behind bars. But who owns the phone lines? And has anyone ever mis…
 
Colton is CEO of Flourish Software, a leading supply chain management and seed to sale tracking software solution for the cannabis, CBD, and hemp verticals. Colton’s career and expertise are at the intersection of supply chain operations, enterprise software, and analytics. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BS in Indus…
 
Hunter Brittain was fatally shot by an Arkansas deputy. A civil rights activist and a public defense attorney have come to elevate his voice. But you may be surprised at who they are. We'll start by reading Why Al Sharpton and Ben Crump are taking up the case of a White teen killed by police George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, the specifics about…
 
It’s been two years since cybersecurity expert Max Heinemeyer first joined the show to discuss trends in cybersecurity. In this update, Don and Max discuss the people and organizations behind the hacks that have recently devastated companies, our infrastructure and governments. They also discuss current cyberthreats and vulnerabilities, and how joi…
 
Qualified immunity has been a hot button topic in police reform, but one that encouraged people from many ideologies to work together. Especially following George Floyd's murder. But now that we're more than a year out, has anything changed? We'll start with an article titled Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court's Most Conservative Justice, Trashes Q…
 
Dialo Orr has been incarcerated for 25 years on a 100+ year sentence. His journey from angry and lost, to sick and tired, to mighty healer is just one example of the grace and human beauty we neglect and disincentivize in jails in prisons. Chuck is also a prime example of the adage that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution.…
 
How many people with felony records are eligible to vote but don't know it? Our main article today is Millions of People With Felonies Can Now Vote. Most Don't Know It. We'll also take a look at What Do We Really Know About the Politics of People Behind Bars? And if you're curious about Crystal Mason's situation, you can read about it here Learn mo…
 
In this episode, Don MacPherson is joined by journalist, author and retirement expert Chris Farrell. In their conversation, Don and Chris explore the ways in which the pandemic has impacted the ability to save for retirement for people of all walks of life. They also discuss the rate of new business creation, reskilling the older generation, and th…
 
Ever wonder how many people go to the ER after a police interaction? Lots. Finding nationwide data about this is nearly impossible, so we'll take a look at San Jose, California. Today we're reading Violent Encounters With Police Send Thousands of People to the ER Every Year And Cities Spend Millions On Police Misconduct Every Year. Here’s Why It’s …
 
Former police officer Derek Chauvin received his sentence last week. Let's look at the ripple effects this might have. We're reading The punctuated sentence of Derek Chauvin by James D. Zirin And Cops who kill often catch a break at sentencing time by Don Babwin As well as Federal grand jury brings civil rights charges against ex-officers involved …
 
As an experienced civil rights lawyer and long-time humanizer, Janos Marton is an influential and respected leader in safety and justice work nationally. His commentary on the discussion between reform and abolition is an excellent way to better understand the complexity of the issue. But don’t let it be the whole story for you. For answers on abol…
 
Private prisons get a lot of attention--especially from people newer to the criminal justice system. But private prisons are just the tip of the privatized carceral ice berg. Today, you and I will talk about another private company with incredible influence over the industry. We're reading This company's permissive policies are behind high-profile …
 
David Carlson fought in the military, spent time in prison, and has significant experience as a humanizer in the reentry/reform/decarceration work with the ACLU in Eau Claire. His background and experience led to some powerful commentary during our conversation about collaborating across state, his disappointment working with the police to address …
 
In this episode, Don MacPherson is joined by workplace expert, author, podcaster and speaker Minda Harts. Together they discuss how women -- especially women of color -- have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and what organizations can do to bring back women who have left the workforce. They also discuss paid maternity leave…
 
Selected Publications by Professor Piché Mussell, Linda, Kevin Walby and Justin Piché, ‘Can you make it out alive?’ Penal Imaginaries at Forts, Sanitaria, Asylums, and Segregated Schools, Qualitative Criminology, Volume Online First (April 2021) https://www.qualitativecriminology.com/pub/1bk9q4t1/release/1 Open Access Benslimane, Souheil, Sarah Spe…
 
Eric is CEO at RYTE™ Brands, a portfolio company whose holdings include RYTE CBD, Moksha Chocolate, and LYTE (CBD Pre-Rolls). He launched RYTE online and in-stores in August of 2020, building out and executing RYTE's branding and product portfolio, DTC and Retail sales channels, and national marketing campaigns. Eric also works closely with RYTE’s …
 
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