Josie Duffy Rice says remaking the justice system is a generational struggle, but it’s one progressives are winning. The well-known criminal justice commentator and activist, president of the news site The Appeal and host of its podcast, Justice in America, explains why she believes in the power of big ideas and offers her take on the … Continue reading Josie Duffy Rice: Fighting a Big Fight →
Altri episodi di "New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation"
The Crisis on Rikers IslandAn audio snapshot from an emergency rally demanding immediate measures to release people from New York City’s Rikers Island jail. Eleven people have died in the custody of the city’s jail system this year as Rikers’ chief medical officer warns of “a collapse in basic jail operations.”
Cages Don’t Help Us Heal
30:52Hurt people hurt people. That’s not an excuse for harm, but it fuels much of the criminal legal system. At 19, Marlon Peterson was the unarmed lookout on a robbery where two people were killed. Peterson spent a decade behind bars. He writes about those years, and the childhood in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that preceded … Continue reading Cages Don’t Help Us Heal →
One of These Days We Might Find Us Some Free: Reginald Dwayne Betts
42:59In 1996, 16-year-old Reginald Dwayne Betts was sentenced to nine years in prison for a carjacking. He spent much of that time reading, and eventually writing. After prison, he went to Yale Law School and published a memoir and three books of poems. But he’s still wrestling with what “after prison” means. This is a … Continue reading One of These Days We Might Find Us Some Free: Reginald Dwayne Betts →
The Cycle: Police Violence, Black Rebellion
37:36In her new book, historian Elizabeth Hinton highlights a “crucible period” of often violent rebellions in the name of the Black freedom struggle beginning in 1968. Initiated in almost every instance by police violence, the rebellions—dismissed as “riots”—have been largely written out of the history of the civil rights era. Hinton contends the period is … Continue reading The Cycle: Police Violence, Black Rebellion →
Policing, Race, and a Crisis in Mental Health
38:04One of every four people killed by police is experiencing a mental health emergency. Changing how we respond to crisis in the moment, and to widespread, ongoing mental health needs, means deferring to the leadership of people with lived experience and putting racial equity at the center of every reform. On today’s episode, listening to … Continue reading Policing, Race, and a Crisis in Mental Health →
Does the Criminal Justice System Cause Crime?
36:14What’s the most effective way to reduce the chance of an arrest in the future? A new study suggests it’s shrinking the size of the justice system in the here and now. Boston D.A. Rachael Rollins and the director of NYU’s Public Safety Lab, Anna Harvey, talk about the benefits of not prosecuting low-level charges—an … Continue reading Does the Criminal Justice System Cause Crime? →
How Will the Death Penalty End?
36:46Journalist Maurice Chammah says the federal execution spree during the final weeks of the Trump presidency is evidence of the death penalty’s continued decline, not its resurgence. Chammah is the author of the new book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty. Chammah tracks the long arc of the … Continue reading How Will the Death Penalty End? →
COVID-19 Behind Bars: A Pandemic of Neglect
38:42Homer Venters has been inspecting prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers for COVID-compliance almost since the start of the pandemic. The former chief medical officer for New York City jails says what were already substandard health systems and abusive environments have deteriorated sharply, where even people positive for the virus can languish unseen for days. … Continue reading COVID-19 Behind Bars: A Pandemic of Neglect →
Heal and Punish? Treatment and Trauma Inside a Coercive System
33:27How effective is therapy or treatment when it’s used instead of incarceration, and what are the challenges to conducting it inside the coercive context of the criminal justice system? New Thinking host Matt Watkins is joined by clinical psychologist Jacob Ham who works with justice-involved young people affected by trauma, and John Jay College’s Deborah … Continue reading Heal and Punish? Treatment and Trauma Inside a Coercive System →
Josie Duffy Rice: Fighting a Big Fight
41:17Josie Duffy Rice says remaking the justice system is a generational struggle, but it’s one progressives are winning. The well-known criminal justice commentator and activist, president of the news site The Appeal and host of its podcast, Justice in America, explains why she believes in the power of big ideas and offers her take on the … Continue reading Josie Duffy Rice: Fighting a Big Fight →