Episode 1.13: Mo’ Prisons, Mo’ Problems

Episode 1.13: Mo’ Prisons, Mo’ Problems

Welcome to This Is Fine episode 1.13: Mo’ Prisons, Mo’ Problems. Thank you very much for listening, Finers.  Please subscribe and review this podcast on iTunes or your favorite app, and play this podcast during your next traffic stop.

In this week’s podcast, we discuss mass incarceration and some of the injustice in our criminal justice system.  We discuss Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and Chris Hayes’ A Colony in a Nation.

We briefly touch on order: police shootings, underpolicing, and the difficulty of prosecuting police misconduct.  We also look at the law: tax farming of citizens, prosecutorial discretion and misconduct, plea bargains, and the consequences of judicial elections.  Finally we look at some possible criminal justice reforms.

We’ll return in two weeks with This is Fine 1.14, with special guest Judith Miller (but not that Judith Miller), and continue discussing our criminal justice system, this time from the perspective of a public defender.

Resources for the podcast (in order of discussion):

  • Peter Wagner and Alison Walsh, “States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2016,” Prison Policy Initiative

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

  • Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery, “The 12 key highlights from the DOJ’s scathing Ferguson report,” Washington Post

  • Eric Bradner and Eugene Scott, “'Mothers of the Movement' makes case for Hillary Clinton,” CNN.com

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