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Amplified Voices is a podcast that lifts the voices of people and families impacted by the criminal legal system. Hosts Jason and Amber speak with real people in real communities to help them step into the power of their lived experience. Together, they explore shared humanity and real solutions for positive change.

Amplified Voices Amber & Jason - Criminal Legal Reform Advocates with Lived Experience

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Amplified Voices is a podcast that lifts the voices of people and families impacted by the criminal legal system. Hosts Jason and Amber speak with real people in real communities to help them step into the power of their lived experience. Together, they explore shared humanity and real solutions for positive change.

    Tracie Bernardi - Solitary Confinement is Torture - Season 2 Episode 11

    Tracie Bernardi - Solitary Confinement is Torture - Season 2 Episode 11

    Come meet Tracie Bernardi, a formerly incarcerated activist and co-founder of Once Incarcerated, an organization designed to help  justice impacted families and individuals navigate through collateral damage.  Tracie talks Jason and Amber about her experience with the criminal legal system as a young 19 year old woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison. She talks about how she ultimately spent 23 years of those years incarcerated with 7 years in solitary confinement. Now, she's back home and doing amazing work in the community.  Tracie is a Smart Justice Leader with ACLU CT and was recently featured in an article on their website. 
     
    Once Incarcerated's Website: https://onceincarcerated.org/
    ACLU CT article  featuring Tracie: https://www.acluct.org/en/news/everyone-will-be-better-if-connecticut-ends-solitary-confinement




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    • 53 min
    Marty Weiss - Life is Complicated- Season 2 Episode 10

    Marty Weiss - Life is Complicated- Season 2 Episode 10

    Amber and Jason spoke with Marty and took a deep dive into Marty's life before he took actions that landed him in the criminal legal system. Marty shares the bullying and sexual assaults he endured as a young gay man and how this shaped his response to the world. You can hear him express remorse for his actions and what he learned through the process. He describes some aspects of his time in prison. Marty talks about the support he found with ACSOL (https://all4consolaws.org), how he has rebuilt his life, and the work he does now to support others.   He also talks about his new book "Thanks for the Infamy."   
    If you're interested in his book, you can email thanksfortheinfamy@gmail.com, go to https://payhip.com/b/aT86b or send a direct message on Twitter to Marty  @mwmtalent.



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    • 41 min
    Mark- They Didn't Even Use the Word - Season 2, Episode 9

    Mark- They Didn't Even Use the Word - Season 2, Episode 9

    In this episode of Amplified Voices, Amber and Jason speak with Mark who authentically shares the shock, pain and sense of brokenness that he and his close relatives felt when they discovered sexual harm had occurred within their family. This incident abruptly plunged his elderly father into the criminal legal system, ultimately revealing that he had dementia. Mark describes how he and his father encountered severe injustice on one hand and acts of kindness on the other, as they were forced to navigate a system that is ill-prepared to accommodate individuals with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
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    • 46 min
    Morgan Godvin - Incarceration Is Not The Answer To Our Drug Crisis - Season 2 Episode 8

    Morgan Godvin - Incarceration Is Not The Answer To Our Drug Crisis - Season 2 Episode 8

    In this episode, Jason and Amber speak with Morgan Godvin,  a freelance writer, scholar and advocate who spent time behind bars after she sold her best friend heroin and he died of an overdose. In a matter of days, Morgan found herself grappling with the death of her friend while also navigating an unrelenting justice system. Morgan shares her story of addiction and struggle, highlighting how she quickly became aware of racial and socioeconomic disparities in the criminal legal system. She explains how our nation's reliance on incarceration exacerbates addiction and often charges family members, friends, and others who share drugs as murderers while doing nothing to help.

    In February of 2020, Morgan was appointed to serve as a commissioner on Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. In January of 2021, she was appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council where she was one of 21 Oregonians determining the grant funding that came in tandem with drug decriminalization.

    You can learn more about Morgan at https://www.morgangodvin.com/

    A listing of her published writings can be found at: https://www.morgangodvin.com/portfolio

    Watch Morgan's appearance on CNN here: https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2020/11/14/from-addiction-to-advocacy-for-drug-decriminalization.cnn
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    • 50 min
    A Call To Action: CT's Protect Act - Special Episode

    A Call To Action: CT's Protect Act - Special Episode

    In this special episode, Amber & Jason welcome Stop Solitary CT activist and lead organizer, Barbara Fair, back to the show to discuss Governor Lamont's recent veto of SB 1059, known as the Protect Act. The act, meant to uphold and protect the safety of individuals living and working behind bars, recently passed both houses of the  Connecticut legislature, only to stop short of becoming law with the stroke of the Governor's pen. In order to address the inhumane practices challenged by the bill, the Governor subsequently issued an executive order. During the show, Barbara shares her thoughts on the process, feedback from the people affected, and how everyone in the state of Connecticut can get involved, right AWAY to urge the legislature to act to override the veto.

    Listeners can learn more and get involved utilizing the links below:
    Stop Solitary CT can be found at http://www.stopsolitaryct.orgFind your Connecticut legislators here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/Read "A Necessary Tool" CT ViewPoints , CT Mirror by Barbara Fair: https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/a-necessary-tool/Our previous episode with Barbara: https://amplifiedvoices.buzzsprout.com/1213727/8257890-barbara-fair-stop-solitary-ct-season-2-episode-5

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    • 40 min
    Kathy Flaherty - Systems Overlap Season 2, Episode 7

    Kathy Flaherty - Systems Overlap Season 2, Episode 7

    In this episode, Jason and Amber catch up with attorney Kathy Flaherty, a fierce advocate for disability rights. During the conversation,  Kathy explores the parallels between the criminal justice and mental health systems, and explains how advocates in both spaces can work together. Kathy walks the audience through her experience with involuntary commitment, law school and the challenges she faced being admitted to the Connecticut bar due to her mental health treatment history.

    Kathy currently serves as Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. (CLRP), a statewide non-profit agency which provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights. Prior to coming to CLRP, Kathy spent 15 years as a Staff Attorney at Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. Kathy combines her personal experience as a recipient of mental health services and her legal background to speak to issues affecting those living with mental health conditions.

    Kathy can be found tweeting at @ConnConnection.


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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

The hosts of the podcast highlight all aspects of criminal justice system and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Tim7775663 ,

Refreshing Viewpoint

At first I thought… “I won’t be into this, have nothing to do with Criminal Justice”. Then five minutes into the Richard Bronson interview - completely hooked! Big reason is the hosts ask really intelligent questions you don’t hear others asking. Can’t wait to see what they do with this show

amelie522 ,

Every American should listen.

Amber is such a beacon of strength and resolve. This podcast isn’t just necessary, it’s important. People need to understand the impact the criminal justice system has on the loved ones surrounding the incarcerated person. The general public doesn’t think about or really care about the system or those incarcerated inside it, but they should. Because everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes that means a criminal charge. And once you’re charged with a crime in America, you’ve entered a system it’s almost impossible to escape. The loved ones of the incarcerated suffer just as much, if not more, and their stories need to be told, need to be heard, and need to be uplifted. The criminal justice system in this country is so broken, it’s unclear if it can be repaired or if it needs to be completely dismantled and rebuilt. From the common practice of prosecutorial misconduct to mandatory minimums and everything in between, the system thrives on chaos, suffering, and revenge among all else. Thank you to Amber and Jason for this podcast and the chance to have the voices of those affected by the system heard.

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