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Shame-Based Sentencing Instead of Jail Time

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mike Hubacek talks about the creative, shame-based sentence he received after he killed two people while driving drunk in 1996.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 416: Mr. McQueen Goes to Washington

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Just a few years ago, 18-year-old Noah McQueen was in trouble with the law, but today he is part of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative for young men of color. Noah recently had the chance to record a StoryCorps interview with President Barack Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A New Clinton Scandal, A Habitable Moon, and Science For Sale

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton, we explore what a habitable moon would look like, and we discuss the corporate business of buying experts.        

The Takeaway

Unemployment: A Life Sentence For Ex-Offenders

Friday, February 06, 2015

While support grows for ban the box, some activists argue that banning the box isn’t enough to help ex-offenders get and retain work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How One Family Copes With Incarceration

Friday, December 19, 2014

 Anna Sale and Lawrence's wife, Ronnine Bartley, talk about the struggle to keep the family together when one parent is incarcerated. 

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WNYC News

A Parole Office Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, December 15, 2014

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All of the 6,072 people on parole in Brooklyn will soon be checking in with their parole officers at a new facility on the Gowanus Canal. Opponents hope a lawsuit will block the plan.

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WNYC News

Report: NY, NJ See Drop in Crime Rate, Prison Population

Friday, September 26, 2014

A new study is questioning long-held assumptions that the best way to fight crime is to get tough on sanctions and dole out longer prison sentences.

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Life of the Law

The Necessity Defense

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s odd to think cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common. But they do: the necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence,

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 374: Voices Behind Bars

Monday, May 19, 2014

When StoryCorps visited Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, one of the inmates who told his story was Carlos Rocha.

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The Takeaway

'The Divide': A Startling Portrait of U.S. Inequality

Monday, April 07, 2014

The idea of "two Americas" is hardly new. In his new book, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” journalist Matt Taibbi provides a startling portrait of a country fractured by inequality.  

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WNYC News

Spike in Violence at Rikers Island—But Why?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reporter Michael Schwirtz found that, this year alone, at least a dozen inmates have been slashed or stabbed.

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The Takeaway

The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The State of Missouri has a controversial new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week. It is now illegal for the state to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the execution drug to the state. Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri.

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WNYC News

NYCHA Pilots Reintegration Program for Former Inmates

Friday, November 15, 2013

The New York City Housing Authority is launching a pilot program that'll allow a limited number of former inmates to move back in with their families in public housing. The authority's chairman, John Rhea said the goal is to provide a stable environment for the formerly incarcerated.

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Gabfest Radio

The Summer Strut 2013 Edition

Saturday, August 17, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by very special guest Paul Sabin, an associate professor of history at Yale University and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future. (He also happens to be Emily’s husband.)

 

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The Takeaway

Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Federal Judge's Take

Friday, August 16, 2013

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and a professor at Harvard Law School, is a longtime critic of mandatory minimum sentences. She  joins The Takeaway to discuss the impact of the sentencing changes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Libraries: Rikers Island

Monday, June 17, 2013

Nick Higgins, associate director for outreach services at the NYPL, talks about NYPL's programs at local jails, including Daddy & Me a program that keeps incarcerated fathers in touch with their children through reading. Jose Melendez, a recent participant in Daddy & Me, joins him on the program.

 

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Former Inmates Struggle to Learn New Technologies

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rip Van Winkle and the digital divide:  rebuilding a life after years in prison in today's high tech world.

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The Takeaway

Rethinking Prisons Through Digital Technology

Monday, March 11, 2013

Several states face the same problem when it comes to incarceration: severe overcrowding at a high cost. This weekend, a panel at the South by Southwest festival examined how prisons can use digital technology to ameliorate these issues.

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WNYC News

Two New York Prisons for Female Inmates Facing Final Lockup

Monday, February 11, 2013

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As the number of people incarcerated in New York continues to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed closing two women's prisons to save money.

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The Takeaway

The State of Marital Unions in the African-American Community

Monday, September 12, 2011

Throughout the course of American history, a lot has been said about marriage in the African-American community. From scientific racism to the Moynihan Report to Tyler Perry, the way we discuss marriage in black America can be difficult and often controversial. The marriage rate has declined for all Americans over the past forty years, but it’s declined much faster in the black community. Why is this?

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