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The Takeaway

Georgia Leads The Charge for Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, April 20, 2015

Conservatives and liberals have found a common cause: Criminal justice reform. Georgia's Republican Governor, Nathan Deal, is leading the charge, making his state a model for the nation.

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WNYC News

Attica Guards Accused of Assaulting Inmate Plead Guilty

Monday, March 02, 2015

The three guards were accused of beating inmate George Williams in a 2011 incident, leaving him with broken bones in his legs and face.

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WNYC News

New Videos Warn Inmates of Rape

Monday, February 23, 2015

The videos feature interviews and advice from current inmates in the hope of preventing others from experiencing sexual assault in prison.

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WNYC News

Voices From Inside

Monday, February 02, 2015

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Meet Sedlis Dowdy, a diagnosed schizophrenic who spent nine years in solitary confinement. He gets out of prison in five years. What will we do with him then?

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 409: The Come Back

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When Darlene Lewis' son was released from prison 20 years ago, he couldn't find work. So, Darlene decided to do something about it. She runs an organization dedicated to helping former inmates find jobs. She's helped thousands of men and women -- including James Taylor, who served seven years for weapons possession and drug charges. Today, James works as a videographer, youth mentor, and also volunteers for Darlene's organization.

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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, December 19, 2014

Some New Yorkers have no idea it's Christmas time. Kurt Andersen loved a video so much, he watched it twice. Pop music saved the whales. These are the week's most popular stories.

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WNYC News

Justice Dept to Sue City Over Rikers Abuses

Thursday, December 18, 2014

US Attorney sues city to get faster reforms at Rikers Island. 

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Death, Sex & Money

I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawrence Bartley has been in prison for 23 years on a murder charge. Now, he's wondering what he'll say to the parole board—and to his sons, who are still too young to know of his past.

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Life of the Law

One Conjugal Visit

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

How long would your relationship last without a kiss or more than a kiss? In America, only three states allow prisoners and their spouses or domestic partners to have extended family visits, also known as conjugal visits or on the inside, “booty calls." It's a place and time where couples can have privacy and they can have legally sanctioned sex. This is the story of one couple and the 48-hour conjugal visit they share once a month inside San Quentin State Prison.

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WNYC News

Marking Time: Exhibit Shows Prison-Made Art

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From a miniature camper van made out of soda cans to abstract paintings, a Rutgers University exhibit showcases the work of inmate artists.

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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 Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Wonder Woman, Prison Reform & Rachel Dratch!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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The Takeaway

West Virginia's School to Prison Pipeline

Friday, October 10, 2014

While the youth incarceration rate has decreased dramatically in most states, West Virginia has gone in the opposite direction. One reporter finds out why.

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The Takeaway

Close Shave for the Constitution in Arkansas

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Today the Supreme Court hears Holt v. Hobbs, a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for the rights of inmates. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banks Profit from Captive Customers in Prison

Thursday, October 02, 2014

If you have a family member in prison, sending them money to pay for basic necessities like toilet paper and warm clothing often comes with high fees. 

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The Takeaway

Uighur Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison

Monday, September 29, 2014

With the life sentence handed down to Uighur Leader Ilham Tohti, many say the ethnic minority group has now lost the voice of the movement.

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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Starting Life as a Playwright After 12 Years in Prison

Friday, August 22, 2014

Joe Assadourian talks about his new one-man, off-Broadway comedy “The Bullpen,” based on his experiences behind bars.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What is Prison For? Piper Kerman and Glenn Martin

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What's the goal of prison, and what kinds of punishments work and don't work within the prison system?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"They're In A Box" A Call from Rikers Island

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After a scathing federal report shed light on abusive treatment towards young inmates, a caller from Rikers Island talks about what he is seeing inside: "They are constantly screamed at all day long. 'You're bad, you're bad.' So eventually they believe they are bad and they just act out."

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