Justice In America
By The Appeal
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Justice in America, hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith, is a podcast for everyone interested in criminal justice reform— from those new to the system to experts who want to know more. Each episode we cover a new criminal justice issue. We explain how it works and look at its impact on people, particularly poor people and people of color. We’ll also interview activists, practitioners, experts, journalists, organizers, and others, to learn. By the end of the episode, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of what drives mass incarceration and what can fix it.
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Mariame Kaba and Prison Abolition||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..||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Restorative Justice||What Justice Could Look Like||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Whatever happened to Clemency?||The decline of pardons and commutations||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Felony Murder||Killers who don’t kill||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: A Conversation with Kim Foxx||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..||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Crime, Justice, and the Media||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..||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Citizens United, Judicial Elections, and Mass Incarceration||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...||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Juvenile Justice||Treating children like adults||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: The Criminalization of Poverty||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...||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Public Defense||On our first episode of season 2, we talk about one of the most important players in the criminal justice system – the public defender. What does it mean to be a public defender in America? Why do we have the right to counsel? And why is it...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustice In America Season 2 Welcome!||Each show we discuss a topic in the American criminal justice system and try to explain what it is and how it works. Season 2 we’ll be discussing everything from public defense to the death penalty to juvenile justice and more. Featuring interviews...||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates||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,...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: How Democrats and Republicans Created Mass Incarceration||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...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Crimmigration||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...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The New American Prosecutor||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..||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - The Victims of Mass Incarceration||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...||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Excluded from Democracy||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,...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: A conversation with John Legend||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....||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Who Built Mass Incarceration? Prosecutors||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...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The 94% - Plea deals||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,...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Justice for the Rich, Money Bail||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...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Justice In America||How the American criminal justice system works||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A much needed voice
Clear and caring coverage. Great podcast.
New sources never gave much attention to issues of criminal justice. With Google crushing local papers, this is getting much worse. This podcast is a small measure to address the problem. We need more like it.
I get that the show is left leaning, as I am: but to run thru a list of questionable pardons and not mention Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich really puts me off. Why not be transparent about such a questionable act of pardon? This type of True Believer sophistry just makes things worse not better.
Well produced, engaging podcast that is incredibly informative.