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WNYC News

Mayor to Beef Up Visitor Screening at Rikers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC
The de Blasio administration wants to curb violence at Rikers Island, in part, by placing new restrictions on visitors.

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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: American Hostages Released from North Korea, A 30-Year Cover Up, and A Reporter at Risk

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Takeaway explores the release of two Americans from North Korea, we look back at the killing of four churchwomen in El Salvador, and James Risen weighs in on the War on Terror.

The Takeaway

Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maryland's highest court has ruled that judges have been giving juries flawed instructions before deliberations, which has led to the release of over 70 inmates. The new Court of Appeals ruling has brought about an intense debate, raising questions about retrying decades-old cases.

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The Takeaway

GA Execution is First Since Botched Injection

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Georgia prisoner Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in the 1989 rape and murder of a teenage girl, was the first prisoner put to death since the horribly botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 378: In the Pool

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 18th, 1964, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo were two of several black and white protesters who jumped into the whites only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida.

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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

Is This America's Unluckiest Man?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Dwayne Provience was wrongfully convicted and spent almost 10 years in prison before being freed. He was awarded a $5 million settlement, but then the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy and he never received compensation.

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The Takeaway

Isolation & Fear Inside Rikers Island

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."

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The Takeaway

Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Inmates

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates for crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. Aside from the eight lucky ones, 500,000 people remain behind bars across the U.S. for drug violations. Joining The Takeaway to explain Obama's decision is Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

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WNYC News

No Bail Money Keeps Poor People Behind Bars

Thursday, September 19, 2013

WNYC

Every day three quarters of the people sitting in a New York City jail are waiting for trial. Most are there for one simple reason: they are too poor to make bail.

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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 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 Jersey News

Report: NJ County Jails Clogged with People Awaiting Trial

Monday, April 08, 2013

A new report shows New Jersey's county jails are full of people who could not afford bail and are currently awaiting trial.

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Life of the Law

Felony Factory

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

You’ve just been arrested, charged with a felony and can’t afford to pay your bail, let alone hire a lawyer. You know you have the right to a trial by jury or judge, but what happens when the legal system is too busy to see you?

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Life of the Law

Jailhouse Lawyers

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In California, there are hundreds if not thousands of people practicing criminal law though they’ve never passed a bar exam. They don’t wear suits. They don’t have secretaries. And they can’t bill for their time. They’re called Jailhouse Lawyers.

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The Takeaway

Can Personal Experience Change Your Views on the Death Penalty?

Thursday, August 09, 2012

When Matthew Parker found out his brother was murdered there was nothing he wanted more than revenge, and that meant the death penalty for the man responsible. The murderer, however, received a sentence of life in prison.

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Soundcheck

MP3 Players in Federal Prisons

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Although it seems like portable radios, CD players, Walkmans have been relegated to the past, today they're the only types of music players (if any) available for use in federal prisons. A new program currently being tested, however, would allow MP3 players and MP3s behind bars. Joining us to explain is Associated Press correspondent Vicki Smith, and Benjamin Harbert, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University.

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Strangers

Stephen Rochelle: A Father’s Story

Friday, December 16, 2011

In July 2011, Matthew Rochelle stood trial for murder. This is the story of what happened from the point of view of his father, Stephen Rochelle.

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WQXR News

Jail Population Decline is a First

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The federal government releases report on local jail population decline.

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