Justice In America

Justice In America

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How the American criminal justice system works


20: Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition
Mar 20 • 71 min
On the last episode of Season 2, Josie and Clint discuss prison abolition with Mariame Kaba, one of the leading activists and organizers in the fight against America’s criminal legal system and a contributing editor for The Appeal. Mariame discusses…
19: Restorative Justice
Mar 13 • 63 min
What Justice Could Look Like
18: Whatever happened to Clemency?
Mar 6 • 59 min
The decline of pardons and commutations
17: Felony Murder
Feb 27 • 62 min
Killers who don’t kill
16: A Conversation with Kim Foxx
Feb 20 • 55 min
Today we are talking to Kim Foxx, the head prosecutor of Cook County in Illinois. Cook County, which includes 135 separate municipalities including Chicago, is the second largest county in America, and has a population bigger than 28 states. State’s…
15: Crime, Justice, and the Media
Feb 13 • 69 min
News stories about crime are found in every local paper or evening newscast nationwide. But stories about our criminal justice system are much less common. So how does the way the media report on crime affect our perception of it? How should local and…
14: Citizens United, Judicial Elections, and Mass Incarceration
Feb 6 • 59 min
How do judges affect mass incarceration, and what role do judicial elections play? Today we’re looking at a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention - the relationship between judges, corporate money, big business interests, and mass incarceration. We…
13: Juvenile Justice
Jan 30 • 61 min
Treating children like adults
12: The Criminalization of Poverty
Jan 23 • 60 min
On this episode, we explore the countless ways the criminal justice system criminalizes poverty—and homelessness in particular. From what is considered criminal to how it is punished, people that are poor or experiencing homelessness in America are…
11: Public Defense
Jan 16 • 66 min
What does it mean to be a public defender in America? Why do we have the right to counsel? And why is it important that all people have access to a zealous advocate, even those who may be guilty of serious crimes? We discuss all of this on this week’s…
Justice In America Season 2 Welcome!
Jan 11 • 1 min
Each show we discuss a topic in the American criminal justice system and try to explain what it is and how it works.
10: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sep 26, 2018 • 63 min
For our last episode of the season, we are thrilled to have Ta-Nehisi Coates—an author and journalist who has published some of the most important and incisive work of our time, from A Case for Reparations to Between the World and Me. In 2015,…
9: How Democrats and Republicans Created Mass Incarceration
Sep 19, 2018 • 48 min
There are a few schools of thought regarding the origins of mass incarceration. Some blame Reagan and his” war on drugs,” while others blame Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill. Meanwhile, movies like Ava Duvernay’s 13th have drawn the…
8: Crimmigration
Sep 12, 2018 • 54 min
Historically immigration law and criminal law have functioned separately. But over the past few decades, we’ve seen them slowly merge, as the criminalization of immigrants increased. Now, under Trump, that criminalization is worse than ever, and is…
7: The New American Prosecutor
Sep 5, 2018 • 49 min
Over the past few years there’s been a growing movement, led by groups like Color of Change and National People’s Action, whose goal is to elect progressive prosecutors. From Philly to Chicago, Houston to Orlando, St. Louis to Denver, we’ve seen…
6 - The Victims of Mass Incarceration
Aug 29, 2018 • 65 min
Often, when people talk about the criminal justice system, they talk in big numbers— the millions of people serving time, the billions of dollars mass incarceration costs each year, the hundreds of thousands in jail at any given moment. But talking…
5: Excluded from Democracy
Aug 22, 2018 • 59 min
For an estimated 6.1 million Americans with felony convictions, their punishment extends all the way to the ballot box. In 48 states, people with felony convictions are barred from voting, either temporarily or permanently. And twelve states,…
4: A conversation with John Legend
Aug 15, 2018 • 32 min
John Legend isn’t just one of the most talented musicians of our time—he’s also a leading activist on criminal justice reform. On this episode, Justice in America talks to Legend, singer, songwriter, actor, producer, founder of #FREEAMERICA….
3: Who Built Mass Incarceration? Prosecutors
Aug 8, 2018 • 50 min
Who has had the biggest impact on the growth of our incarceration system? It’s not the judge, the jury, or the legislator. It’s not the police, and it’s certainly not the President. It’s someone else—the prosecutor. Prosecutors are getting…
2: The 94% - Plea deals
Aug 1, 2018 • 60 min
TV courtroom dramas would have you believe that the trial is a major part of the criminal justice process. But most defendants don’t go to trial. Instead, most defendants decide to plead guilty—even when they are innocent. What is a plea deal,…
1: Justice for the Rich, Money Bail
Jul 25, 2018 • 51 min
States and cities across the nation are talking about reforming the money bail system. But what does that mean? What exactly is bail? Who does it harm and who does it benefit? And does bail reform really work? On our first episode, we’re…
Welcome to Justice In America
Jul 10, 2018 • 1 min
Each show we discuss a topic in the American criminal justice system and try to explain what it is and how it works. Hosts: Josie Duffy Rice: A senior strategist with The Justice Collaborative and a Senior Reporter with The Appeal. Josie is a lawyer and…