Best juvenile justice podcasts we could find (Updated June 2018)
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Transforming Juvenile Justice: Evidence-based Best Practices
 
Multnomah County's Local Public Safety Coordination Council brings up-to-date data and research to policy makers in its annual "What Works" conferences. In 2011, the conference focused on juvenile justice.
 
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Rikers Island has ended the traditional use of solitary confinement for juveniles. New York State banned it more broadly, but only for juveniles that have already been sentenced. In many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitary. In this episode, WNYC teams up with The Marshall Project to investigate how widespread the pr ...…
 
Rikers Island has ended the traditional use of solitary confinement for juveniles. New York State banned it more broadly, but only for juveniles that have already been sentenced. In many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitary. In this episode, WNYC teams up with The Marshall Project to investigate how widespread the pr ...…
 
Girls make up only a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but girls often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma: abusive families, bad experiences in the foster care system, and especially sexual abuse. Policy experts even use the term "sexual abuse to prison pipeline," and they say it’s why inca ...…
 
Girls make up only a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but girls often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma: abusive families, bad experiences in the foster care system, and especially sexual abuse. Policy experts even use the term "sexual abuse to prison pipeline," and they say it’s why inca ...…
 
The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. For an average cost of $513 a day, parents can send their kids to one popular option: wilderness ...…
 
The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. For an average cost of $513 a day, parents can send their kids to one popular option: wilderness ...…
 
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 thousands of children and families from acorss America will engage in protest at "March For Our Lives" to draw awareness to the plight of gun violence. Every day, children and families are impacted by homicide or suicide due to abuse of gun use. Join us as we discuss the impact of "March For Our Lives" and preview wh ...…
 
Status offenses are acts only considered crimes if committed by young people – things like running away, not going to school, or missing curfew. They are designed to keep at risk youth safe, but in practice, they can also become a pipeline into the juvenile justice system for kids who might otherwise not end up there. One of those kids is Maria ...…
 
Status offenses are acts only considered crimes if committed by young people – things like running away, not going to school, or missing curfew. They are designed to keep at risk youth safe, but in practice, they can also become a pipeline into the juvenile justice system for kids who might otherwise not end up there. One of those kids is Maria ...…
 
Stephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty. Then a landmark Supreme Court decision made executing juvenile offenders illegal, and sentencing guidelines b ...…
 
Stephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty. Then a landmark Supreme Court decision made executing juvenile offenders illegal, and sentencing guidelines b ...…
 
Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. On the anniversary of his leukemia diagnosis, he reached a breaking point: A terrifying eruption that he still refers to as only "the incident." Like many young people who struggle with mental illness, "the incident" pushed Honor into the criminal justice system. Hi ...…
 
Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. On the anniversary of his leukemia diagnosis, he reached a breaking point: A terrifying eruption that he still refers to as only "the incident." Like many young people who struggle with mental illness, "the incident" pushed Honor into the criminal justice system. Hi ...…
 
At age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice. In 1978, Bosket murdered two people on the New York City subway. Despite the severity of his crime, he received a sentence of just 5 years, and the tabloids went wild ...…
 
At age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice. In 1978, Bosket murdered two people on the New York City subway. Despite the severity of his crime, he received a sentence of just 5 years, and the tabloids went wild ...…
 
In our first episode, we met Z. He's locked up because he and a group of friends robbed someone with a gun. But now that he's inside, his biggest problem is his temper. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges since he was small, and when he's gotten the support he needs, he has thrived. Inside lock up, that support is complicated. It come ...…
 
In our first episode, we met Z. He's locked up because he and a group of friends robbed someone with a gun. But now that he's inside, his biggest problem is his temper. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges since he was small, and when he's gotten the support he needs, he has thrived. Inside lock up, that support is complicated. It come ...…
 
Z had his first encounters with law enforcement when he was just 12 years old. Now, at 16, he’s sitting in detention on an armed robbery charge—his young life has been defined by cops and courts. Dwayne Betts is a poet and juvenile justice lawyer who, in his own youth, was deemed a “super-predator,” and spent nine years incarcerated. Both Z and ...…
 
Z had his first encounters with law enforcement when he was just 12 years old. Now, at 16, he’s sitting in detention on an armed robbery charge—his young life has been defined by cops and courts. Dwayne Betts is a poet and juvenile justice lawyer who, in his own youth, was deemed a “super-predator,” and spent nine years incarcerated. Both Z and ...…
 
The United States locks up more people than any country in the world. That starts young: Roughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll listen as some of those young people tell their stories over nine episodes. They'll help us understand how we got here--and how we might he ...…
 
The United States locks up more people than any country in the world. That starts young: Roughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll listen as some of those young people tell their stories over nine episodes. They'll help us understand how we got here--and how we might he ...…
 
Father's Rights: Incarceration of Indigent Fathers for Inability to Pay Child Support This episode will discuss the incarceration of indigent fathers for their inability to pay child support during their imprisonment for unrelated offenses. Every day in America noncustodial parents who are serving prison time are rearrested on the offense of fa ...…
 
This episode will discuss the upcoming conference Justice for JUST US - Justice for Juvenile Urban Sex Trafficking Victims in the United States. This espisode will highlight JUST as well as the role of the African American Juvenile Justice Project, #FemaleNOTFeemale and others in presenting this first of its kind conference in the United States ...…
 
A look at the first signs that, if not handled properly, a child could be precipitated towards involvement with the criminal justice system. We meet Alex (not his real name), a diminutive 10-year-old 4th-Grader who was born nearly 2 months prematurely, and who was recently suspended from school for several days for an assault on […]…
 
Ben Lear talks about his documentary film, They Call Us Monsters, which follows three Hispanic teenagers, Jarad, Juan and Antonio, incarcerated in The Compound, the high-security facility in the middle of Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in California’s Los Angeles County, as they themselves create a screenplay for a short film under the guidance ...…
 
Jeffrey Deskovic, who lost half his teenage years and all his twenties to wrongful incarceration, is looking for a date for the evening of Valentine’s Day 2017, so we invite eligible single women to listen closely. He talks about the social challenges he faced after exoneration as a result of being in prison at the […]…
 
Last year, Jean Trounstine published her book Boy with a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice, in which she tells the story of Karter Kane Reed and his journey from angry 16-year-old who killed and was incarcerated as an adult, to working, public-speaking, home-owning thirty-something member of free society. Jea ...…
 
We talk on the phone to Giovanni Reid, our featured juvenile lifer, in the morning and afternoon of December 22nd. Things are starting to move for juvenile lifers in general, and for Giovanni in particular. He has now been given another date to look forward to, apart from his next status hearing on January 13th […]…
 
Negotiating the prison-visiting entry procedure is a grim and unforgiving experience. After getting over the access hurdles, we visit with featured juvenile lifer, Giovanni Reid, at Graterford State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, and discover that the atmosphere in the prisoners’ confined basement visiting room is more congenial than ...…
 
In animated conversation with New York State exonerees, Jeffrey Deskovic and David McCallum, who were both charged with murder at age 16, and spent 16 and 29 years in prison, respectively: They talk in depth about the nature of teenage false confession, describing their own experiences, expounding on the red flags that indicate a confession […]…
 
Frustration is perhaps more acute when there’s a hold-up on the brink of life-altering change, than during decades of hopeless stagnation. As Giovanni Reid waits for things to move on his resentencing, he talks on the phone about his impatience, what he sees happening with other prisoners in his situation, and the benefits of parole for […]…
 
Giovanni Reid, our featured juvenile lifer, talks to juvie on the phone about what Thanksgiving is like in prison, the foods he remembers, his memory of his last Thanksgiving dinner outside prison in 1990, what Thanksgiving has meant to him since that time, and what he is thankful for this year.
 
As Giovanni Reid turns 42, we talk with his older sister, Theresa Reid, who describes him growing up, and during the 25 years since his incarceration. We hear about the family and community environment into which Giovanni was born, and about his three closest friends, with whom he was to head for dawn disaster. This is the […]…
 
We expand upon and review the ABC27 News recent television piece on Pennsylvania juvenile lifers’ resentencing and possible release following a January Supreme Court ruling, for which Giovanni Reid was interviewed by the channel’s anchor, Dennis Owens. In conversation with La Tasha Williams, we talk about how the public might have received the ...…
 
A Call to Action from this new, 2-month-old podcast, noteworthy for being the only podcast devoted solely to children, youth and criminal justice. Zoe gives a brief overview of what the podcast is about, announces a new, regular schedule for the Giovanni Reid wrongful conviction episodes, and asks you to support juvie, so we can continue to bri ...…
 
Thank you to our supporters via Patreon and our website Donate button! Trial date set for Virginia’s lunchtime milk grabber; Juvenile Law Center examines “debtors’ prison for kids”; DC and California support laws promoting rehabilitation over incarceration for juveniles and young adult offenders; California seeks to standardize juvenile justice ...…
 
An incarcerated podcast listener, a scuppered prison visit, inappropriate attire, and some lifer literature. We relate some of the logistics and drawbacks of visiting the incarcerated. Meanwhile, Giovanni Reid continues to keep up with our coverage of his case, and to keep us informed about juvenile-lifer news. Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic V ...…
 
A summons to Action in spreading Awareness about juvenile justice! Did you know that in the United States, children who commit crimes, whatever their age, start out automatically in the adult criminal justice system, and that most defense attorneys who work with children and youth have no specialist knowledge or training in child and adolescent ...…
 
News about our upcoming trip to Pennsylvania; Adnan Syed amicus brief; juvenile justice reform bills and policy platforms Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis Sources: Business Insider; Juvenile Justice information Exchange; Slate; The Chronicle of Social Change; The Huffington Post; The Marshall Project; Watchdog…
 
We talk to Tyrone Jones, speaking on a cordless phone, sitting in the backyard of his new home in Chester County PA, 11 days after his release from 43 years in a Pennsylvania prison. Cordless phones, cell phones, the internet, email – it’s all new technology for Ty, but he’s gradually getting to grips with […]…
 
Release of Tyrone Jones after 43 years; Adnan Syed prosecutor, Thiru Vignarajah leaving position as Maryland Assistant Attorney General; Overturning of Brendan Dassey conviction appealed by State of Wisconsin; Slender Man girls enter pleas of “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect”. Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic Music: Chameleon Catholics ...…
 
A brief letter exchange with our featured juvenile lifer, Giovanni Reid. Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?; It’s Like Trying to Speak Swahili with Gandhi
 
Juvenile justice trends, court rulings, research, hot-button issues, and juvenile cases currently in the media Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis
 
Is Peter D. Hancock, CEO of AIG, Martha Gallo, Robert Schimek, Jeffrey Hurd, and Thomas Russo, AIG’s Legal Counsel now claiming that they had no knowledge that CMI - Claims Management is a subsidiary of Walmart? Are these AIG executives claiming that they were unaware that CMI is not an “independent” third party administrator due to its relatio ...…
 
No-one wants a docked cat that’s been caged for a long time…. except Pop. We’re in South Philly, and “Pop” Jimmy tells us about his incarcerated son, Giovanni – “Jerry”, and about the effects his youngest son’s arrest, conviction and imprisonment have had on his life. Pop has recently had reason to be hopeful, though, […]…
 
A collection of soundbites giving a taster of people, subjects and issues to be featured in this podcast that will explore cases, legislation, experiences and ramifications of children and youth in juvenile justice AND adult criminal justice systems. A recurring theme of the show will be the story and developing situation of one particular Penn ...…
 
“juvie” – What’s it mean to you? Shoppers and stall-holders at a farmers’ market in Maryland give their spontaneous reaction to the word “juvie”. Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?
 
Cozen O’Connor & GT Law: Greenberg & Taurig Law Responds to Allegations for Fed Probe? Co-President, Earnest Greer and *Janna Nugent has issued two email responses dated August 4, 2016 and another dated August 9, 2016, which she emailed at 11:05 pm. From:NugentJ To:attysjjeff Cc:GreerE Date:Tue, Aug 9, 2016 11:05 pm From:NugentJ To:attysjjeff D ...…
 
RICO Violations &, FBI Probe of Cozen OConnor & Greenberg Traurig Law Firm? This episode will highlight the request for a federal investigation into the affairs of Cozen OConnor & Greenberg Traurig Law Firms for RICO violations. We will highlight the reasons for the concerns, its impact on their current and former clients and how their legal re ...…
 
The Importance of Paternity Testing in Marriage This episode will not address any of the purported personal issues between The Hartwell family. In fact, we are hoping for a favorable resolution for both parties. My office has not and does not have any personal or professional information concerning their marriage or divorce proceedings. Rather, ...…
 
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