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Justice in the Present Day: Does Incarceration Mean Justice?


Ear Hustle

This podcast is created and produced INSIDE California’s San Quentin State Prison by a team composed of incarcerated persons and artist Nigel Poor. It tells stories from inside the prison, painting the realities of incarcerated life.

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From WNYZ’s This American Life

Act V

“Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.”

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TED Talks:

Deanna Van Buren

What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like

Deanna Van Buren designs restorative justice centers that, instead of taking the punitive approach used by a system focused on mass incarceration, treat crime as a breach of relationships and justice as a process where all stakeholders come together to repair that breach.

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Bryan Stevenson

We Need to Talk About an Injustice

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. 

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Articles, Research, and Books:

Meg Anderson, Sean McMinn

As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most

The poorest areas in major cities across the US consistently experience dangerous levels of heat in the summer months. The article examines testimony and comparisons in several cities across the US.

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Patrick Johnson

Springfield police asked the city to cut back trees; lawyers claim it sabotaged a drug suspect’s defense

The article points out the injustices in the process of justice in America, from the moments of prosecution.

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Michael B. Gerrard

The Victims of NIMBY

“Not In My Backyard,” a movement that opposes hazardous in the are where one lives, has resulted in many wins for white environmentalists, often at the peril of Black and Brown communities.

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Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

This book discusses the transformation of the control over Black bodies from the age of slavery to mass incarceration.

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Throughout the documentary, politicians, scholars, activists, and other experts analyze the criminalization of the Black community in the criminal justice system.

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