By The Appeal
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The Appeal is a podcast, hosted by Adam Johnson, on criminal justice reform, abolition and everything in between. Each week we will feature fascinating interviews with those covering, working in, and most affected by the American criminal system; from lawyers to activists to reporters to the formerly incarcerated. The Appeal will unpack the latest efforts to shine a light on––and radically rethink––the largest prison state in the world.
||CleanEpisode 22: The Dangers of Faux-Reform||“Criminal justice reform” as a general label has become trendy in recent years and, for many prospective Presidential candidates it will be a major 2020 litmus test. But what do people mean when they use the term? What are the policies being...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Neglect and Abuse in Our Prison Healthcare System||Most people know that the healthcare situation in the United States is one of most precarious in the world, but what’s never talked about is the status of healthcare for America’s 2.2 million incarcerated persons––which is lightyears worse....||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Prison Strikes and the Frontlines of Resistance Against Mass Incarceration||This fall, thousands of incarcerated people in dozens of states went on strike to protest harsh and exploitative conditions in America's prisons. Prisons, and the cruel conditions they foster, are often the last thing with which the public wants to be..||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: How Activists Brought Down the Most Powerful Man in Chicago||Two pieces of news have rocked Chicago: the announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he will not seek a third term and the conviction of a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke, of the killing of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald. Both events were...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: The Cruelty of Life Sentences For Proxy Crime||The United States is alone in the world in pursuing two modes of prosecution: giving life sentences to children under 18, and giving life sentences for murder to people who never murdered anyone. Even if one doesn’t pull any trigger, or even have...||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Police Accountability: As Elusive as Ever||“Police accountability” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in conversations about criminal justice reform. But how do we make sure police officers who break laws or department rules are held to account? The reality––even four years after...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: On the Ground in Dallas' High Stakes DA Race||This week we're doing the first of a recurring series on how activists and organizers on the ground are trying to move the needle with regard to District Attorney races. Our first installment: Dallas County. An appointed conservative DA, Faith...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: The Prison-to-School Pipeline||You’ve likely heard of the school-to-prison pipeline, but what you likely haven’t heard is the prison-to-school pipeline––efforts in recent years to help the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated receive a quality education. Our guest,...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Problem of 'Innocence'||'He was a straight-A student', 'a loving husband', 'she worked 60 hours a week'––we often hear how victims of police and white supremacist violence didn't deserve to be killed due to their shiny records. But what if this is the totally wrong...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Why Electronic Monitoring Is Not Prison Reform||As prison reform efforts begin to have an effect on how many people end up behind bars, a reliance on electronic monitoring increasingly serves as a pseudo-solution to keep people out of cement and steel cages––by putting them into electronic...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Big Box Retailers and Prosecutors Team Up to Crackdown on Petty Crime||Shoplifting is traditionally seen as a petty crime unworthy of serious punishment, much less prison time. But under an increasingly popular theory of crime, DA's––with the help of retail lobbyists––are throwing the book at people for stealing...||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Race and Corruption in Child Protection Courts||State child protective courts are an under-reported element of our criminal legal system, but their impact on communities of color and the poor is felt as much, if not more, than other aspects of it. One case, that of the Hart family, caught national...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The History––and Promise––of the Bail Abolition Movement||1 in 5 people incarcerated in this country have not been convicted of any wrongdoing. Their crime? Being poor in a country that tethers pre-trial freedom to one's wealth. In this episode we discuss with journalist Bryce...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Racist Zeal of 'Zero Tolerance' and Trump's Anti-Immigrant Escalation||By now you've probably heard of the family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border. What you may not know is how exactly we got to this tipping point. On today's show we talk with Appeal writer Max Rivlin-Nadler, who's been following President Trump..||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: What Abolitionists Mean When They Talk About Abolition||We didn't always have police and prisons as we know them today—in fact, they're fairly recent inventions. Abolitionists like William C. Anderson ask us to radically rethink the necessity of police, and our practice of throwing people in cages....||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Unique Cruelty of Sentencing Children to Life Without Parole||Despite recent Supreme Court rulings curtailing the practice, the United States remains the only country on earth that enforces life without parole sentences for crimes committed when they were minors. Our guest, Victoria Law, explains efforts by...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Rise of Silicon Valley-Assisted Pre-Crime||Data corporations like Palantir are teaming up with police departments to create real time “probable offender” lists of thousands of mostly African American and Latino people. These lists, and other “predictive policing” tools, create a...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Rikers and the Co-opting of Prison Reform to Sell More Prisons||It’s a tension that has existed in activists and political circles since there’s been activism and politics: how to know the difference between healthy reform and cynical, watered-down reform. Or worse: so-called “reform” that is actually a...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Turning Users Into Dealers and Accidental Overdoses into Murder||Prosectors and law enforcement agencies have been bringing murder charges against people who supply friends and family with drugs. As the opioid epidemic marches on, efforts to curb heroin and prescription drug abuse through increased arrests and...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Misplaced Sanctimony of Criminalizing Sex Work||Stopping the trafficking of exploited persons is something everyone agrees is important. But recent efforts by the federal government to exploit this good faith desire to protect the vulnerable by criminalizing consensual sex work––namely by...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: District Attorneys: The Most Powerful People You’ve Never Heard Of||District Attorneys wield the power of entire police departments but have been historically overlooked in efforts to reform the legal system. Recently that’s changed, with bond reform and primary challenges upending the “tough on crime” status...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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I am very thankful for this show. It’s great and Adams great duh
You guys rock!!!!
Thank you so much. All your reporting is amazing and we need more! Keep it up.
Interesting, informative show
This show is a good addition to the podcast scene; it covers some really important topics that have been ignored for far too long. I don’t have an issue with the host. He’s got the NPR voice, and seems to have good rapport with his guests. Hope this one sticks around.