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This award-winning podcast documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards. Reporters travel around the country and hear from people directly impacted by their encounter with jails and to chronicle the progress ground-up efforts have made in diversion, bail reform, recidivism, adoption of technology and other crucial aspects of the move toward decarceration at local levels.

Latest Episodes

Two Rural Counties Take Diverting Paths to Jail Reform

Drug felony charges have more than doubled in Colorado as the state faces an opioid crisis. Jail admissions are on the rise in some counties. While diversion efforts are proving effective in others. But jails have also become “the dumping ground” for people with mental illness who are arrested. We visit one county that wants to use it’s jail less and one county that just built a state-of-the-art one to see how the two approaches are working out.

30 MINSEP 16
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Two Rural Counties Take Diverting Paths to Jail Reform

Where Texting Brings People to Court

After someone is arrested, there are multiple court-ordered actions after they make bail. Often, missing any of these--especially court appearances--complicates their situation and increases their punishment. Reporter Jenny Casas goes to Palm Beach, Florida, where something as simple as texting has made a significant difference in people’s lives.

27 MINSEP 9
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Where Texting Brings People to Court

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 2

If you haven’t already listened to Part 1 of this story, we suggest you do that first. In 2013, the Texas Jail Project gets a call from Bonnie Wyndham -- a mother whose daughter, Cat, is pregnant behind bars and not getting the medical care TJP has been fighting to guarantee. In this episode, we hear Cat’s story. Plus, nearly 15 years after their chance meeting in the Victoria County Jail helped launch the TJP, our reporter Rowan Moore Gerety brings Shandra Williams and founder Diane Wilson together.

32 MINSEP 2
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A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 2

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1

Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety travels to Victoria, Texas, where Williams’ harrowing story of being pregnant behind bars unknowingly launched a reform movement.

38 MINAUG 26
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A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1

Comedian Felonious Munk Stands Up for Reform

Comedian Felonious Munk was among the 13,000 formerly incarcerated people whose voting rights Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored in 2018. 70 Million creator Juleyka Lantigua-Williams talks with Munk about the years he spent in prison, the shock of losing his freedom, and his crusade for sensible justice reform.

26 MINAUG 19
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Comedian Felonious Munk Stands Up for Reform

An Open and Shut Case, Reopened

At 17, Mark Denny was wrongfully convicted of a rape and robbery in Brooklyn. It took nearly 30 years for that conviction to be overturned -- and it might never have happened without help from the same office that prosecuted him. Reporter Sabine Jansen tells the story of the Brooklyn Conviction Review Unit, the DAs who re-investigate their colleagues’ work, and the collaboration that finally set an innocent man free.

30 MINAUG 12
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An Open and Shut Case, Reopened

The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

Five years after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail. Reporter Carolina Hidalgo spent time with the Close the Workhouse campaign and Arch City Defenders, their supporters, and detractors.

36 MINAUG 5
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The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

How Bail Shackles Women of Color

Tamiki Banks’ life was turned upside down when her husband was arrested, leaving her the sole breadwinner and caregiver to their twins. More than two years later, she’s still struggling, and he’s still in custody, even though he hasn’t been convicted of any crime. From Atlanta, Pamela Kirkland reports on the heavy burden women of color like Tamiki bear when a loved one is jailed.

30 MINJUL 29
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How Bail Shackles Women of Color

When Disability Requires a Different Approach

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, are overrepresented behind bars. We go to Oregon, where case managers translate their needs for a system where the proper diagnosis is the difference between incarceration and freedom.

26 MINJUL 22
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When Disability Requires a Different Approach

Marching Toward Reform in New Orleans

For years, to fund itself New Orleans’ criminal legal system has relied on bail, fines and fees levied on the city’s poorest. But there are signs of change in the horizon, with a groundswell of community action and two landmark federal rulings in the last year. Reporter Eve Abrams takes us inside some of the big shifts happening in the Big Easy.

32 MINJUL 15
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Marching Toward Reform in New Orleans

Latest Episodes

Two Rural Counties Take Diverting Paths to Jail Reform

Drug felony charges have more than doubled in Colorado as the state faces an opioid crisis. Jail admissions are on the rise in some counties. While diversion efforts are proving effective in others. But jails have also become “the dumping ground” for people with mental illness who are arrested. We visit one county that wants to use it’s jail less and one county that just built a state-of-the-art one to see how the two approaches are working out.

30 MINSEP 16
Comments
Two Rural Counties Take Diverting Paths to Jail Reform

Where Texting Brings People to Court

After someone is arrested, there are multiple court-ordered actions after they make bail. Often, missing any of these--especially court appearances--complicates their situation and increases their punishment. Reporter Jenny Casas goes to Palm Beach, Florida, where something as simple as texting has made a significant difference in people’s lives.

27 MINSEP 9
Comments
Where Texting Brings People to Court

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 2

If you haven’t already listened to Part 1 of this story, we suggest you do that first. In 2013, the Texas Jail Project gets a call from Bonnie Wyndham -- a mother whose daughter, Cat, is pregnant behind bars and not getting the medical care TJP has been fighting to guarantee. In this episode, we hear Cat’s story. Plus, nearly 15 years after their chance meeting in the Victoria County Jail helped launch the TJP, our reporter Rowan Moore Gerety brings Shandra Williams and founder Diane Wilson together.

32 MINSEP 2
Comments
A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 2

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1

Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety travels to Victoria, Texas, where Williams’ harrowing story of being pregnant behind bars unknowingly launched a reform movement.

38 MINAUG 26
Comments
A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1

Comedian Felonious Munk Stands Up for Reform

Comedian Felonious Munk was among the 13,000 formerly incarcerated people whose voting rights Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored in 2018. 70 Million creator Juleyka Lantigua-Williams talks with Munk about the years he spent in prison, the shock of losing his freedom, and his crusade for sensible justice reform.

26 MINAUG 19
Comments
Comedian Felonious Munk Stands Up for Reform

An Open and Shut Case, Reopened

At 17, Mark Denny was wrongfully convicted of a rape and robbery in Brooklyn. It took nearly 30 years for that conviction to be overturned -- and it might never have happened without help from the same office that prosecuted him. Reporter Sabine Jansen tells the story of the Brooklyn Conviction Review Unit, the DAs who re-investigate their colleagues’ work, and the collaboration that finally set an innocent man free.

30 MINAUG 12
Comments
An Open and Shut Case, Reopened

The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

Five years after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail. Reporter Carolina Hidalgo spent time with the Close the Workhouse campaign and Arch City Defenders, their supporters, and detractors.

36 MINAUG 5
Comments
The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

How Bail Shackles Women of Color

Tamiki Banks’ life was turned upside down when her husband was arrested, leaving her the sole breadwinner and caregiver to their twins. More than two years later, she’s still struggling, and he’s still in custody, even though he hasn’t been convicted of any crime. From Atlanta, Pamela Kirkland reports on the heavy burden women of color like Tamiki bear when a loved one is jailed.

30 MINJUL 29
Comments
How Bail Shackles Women of Color

When Disability Requires a Different Approach

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, are overrepresented behind bars. We go to Oregon, where case managers translate their needs for a system where the proper diagnosis is the difference between incarceration and freedom.

26 MINJUL 22
Comments
When Disability Requires a Different Approach

Marching Toward Reform in New Orleans

For years, to fund itself New Orleans’ criminal legal system has relied on bail, fines and fees levied on the city’s poorest. But there are signs of change in the horizon, with a groundswell of community action and two landmark federal rulings in the last year. Reporter Eve Abrams takes us inside some of the big shifts happening in the Big Easy.

32 MINJUL 15
Comments
Marching Toward Reform in New Orleans