Incarceration In America

The Brian Lehrer Show

Life Sentence to Unemployment

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kai Wright, editorial director of Colorlines and contributor to The Nation, talks about the hurdles to employment for those coming out of prison and how they disproportionately affect Blacks and Latinos.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Religious Life in an American Prison

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Four inmates—two Christian and two Muslim men from South Philadelphia—are serving life sentences at Pennsylvania’s maximum-security Graterford Prison, and all of them work in Graterford’s chapel. Joshua Dubler tells the story of one week in the prison chapel, and talks about the many uses prisoners make of their religions. He’s the author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cutting Drug Sentences

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Glenn E. Martin, vice president of development and public affairs of Fortune Society, a New York-based prisoner re-entry advocacy group, talks about the U.S. Justice Department's new policy to avoid mandatory minimum money and lives through prison reform.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dead Man Walking: 20 Years Later

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twenty years after the publication of her book that inspired a movie, an opera and a play, Sister Helen Prejean, Roman Catholic nun, advocate for abolishing the death penalty, and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States, talks about the decline in support for the death penalty and her work to end its use.

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The Takeaway

P is for Prison: Sesame Street and Overpopulation in America's Jails

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

One in twenty-eight children in America has a parent behind bars. And now, for the first time, a muppet does too. Last week, the beloved children's program Sesame Street announced a new initiative entitled "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration." Mike Riggs, an associate editor at Reason magazine, blogged about the topic last week, writing "Congratulations, America, on making it almost normal to have a parent in prison or jail."

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The Takeaway

Incarceration in America: Barriers to Re-entry

Thursday, March 22, 2012

All this week, we’re talking about incarceration in America. Today we're focusing on life after prison, and what happens to former inmates once they're released. Joining us is Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" and law professor at Ohio State University, and Susan Burton, Founder and Executive Director of A New way of Life Re-Entry Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women break the cycle of incarceration.

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The Takeaway

Incarceration in America: Rethinking Solitary Confinement

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All this week we’re talking about incarceration in America. Yesterday we looked at juvenile justice, and whether life-without-parole sentences for teenage murder convicts violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Today, we’re talking about super-maximum-security prisons and the effects of solitary confinement.

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The Takeaway

Incarceration in America: Should Juveniles Be Sentenced to Life Without Parole?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All this week, The Takeaway is talking about incarceration in America. We’ll talk with experts, advocates and former prisoners about the issues they’re facing, behind bars and outside the prison walls. Today we're focusing on juvenile justice.

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Radio Rookies

Incarcerated Parents

Thursday, October 08, 2009

15-year-old Keith Tingman remembers his tenth birthday better than any other: that was the day he watched his mom get arrested after being falsely accused of stealing someone's wallet. 

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