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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life Without Parole—At the Age of 15

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kenneth Young was a teenager when he received four consecutive life sentences for committing a series of armed robberies. A new Supreme Court ruling could set him free.

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Radiolab

Shattering Silence and An Eye of God

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In our Morality show, we tell the story of Eastern State Penitentiary -- a radical new kind of prison engineered to crack into the hearts and minds of 19th-Century criminals, and make them feel true remorse.

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Life of the Law

Jailhouse Lawyers

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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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WNYC News

Why Inmates Can't Afford to Make Calls from Jails in New Jersey

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Jail inmates in New Jersey pay almost 8 times as much for phone calls home than those in New York. We find out why. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Profiting from Offenders When They Get Out of Jail

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A look at the growing industry of "offender-funded justice" that profits from those who are unable to pay their unpaid tickets, fines, and court fees.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Love Story on Death Row

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit at the age of 18, Damien Echols' story inspired Lorri Davis to write him a letter. Over the course of their 16-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry while he was still in prison.

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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WNYC News

NYCLU Launches Campaign Inspired by Hit Series

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inspired by Orange Is the New Black, the NYCLU is launching a campaign to draw attention to conditions in prisons in Suffolk County.

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WNYC News

For the Jailed Mentally Ill, Release Is Shaky

Friday, June 06, 2014

WNYC

Advocates say people often get released without the prison system recognizing they need treatment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guatnanamo Suicides Update

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New documents and testimony reveal more about three 2006 deaths at the detention center and a possible government cover-up.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Get Between Vladimir Putin and the Arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's another area Putin wants Russia to dominate. 30 Greenpeace activists who disagreed were jailed and charged with piracy. Masha Gessen says their experience was an education in the brutality and corruption of Russia’s prison system.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Adventures and Troubles in Foreign Lands and at Home

Monday, May 26, 2014

On today’s Memorial Day show we're re-airing some favorite interviews from March. Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd—the three Americans who were captured by Iranian forces while they were hiking and were held for two years—tell us about being in prison and then finally being released. Carl Hoffman explains how he uncovered new evidence about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961. We’ll look at the diaries of George F. Kennan, who devised the policy of containment during the Cold War. Bruce Dancis talks about becoming an anti-war activist in the 1960s—and going to prison for resisting the draft during Vietnam.

The Takeaway

The Return of the Electric Chair?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tennessee's governor has signed a bill into law allowing the state to bring back the electric chair. With lethal injection becoming increasingly problematic, other states may go the same way.

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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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WNYC News

Bailing Out Those Who Can't Make Bail

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thousands of New Yorkers get stuck behind bars for weeks, even months, because they can’t make bail of a few hundred dollars. A public defender’s office in the city came up with a novel solution.

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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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Life of the Law

The Hardest Time: Moms in Prison

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year we set aside to honor mothers. Some do it with flowers and cards. For women who are in prison and their children who are being raised by grandmothers, aunts or guardians on the outside,

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The Takeaway

Why One Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis

Friday, May 02, 2014

More than five years after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression, only one major banker has gone to prison for crimes contributing to the Great Recession. The lack of prosecutions have deep roots in the Department of Justice.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Inmate Dies 43 Minutes After Botched Execution

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Clayton D. Lockett suffered a massive heart attack Tuesday night after a bungled execution by lethal injection. Critics say secrecy laws in Oklahoma and other states about both the drugs and the manufacturers turn inmates into guinea pigs.

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New Jersey News

Christie and McGreevey: Unlikely Gubernatorial BFFs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney, and he has formed an unlikely friendship with Jim McGreevey, the former governor he once ...

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