8 episodes

For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been followed people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened—the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generation of activists and insiders began challenging the old system the gun court was part of. Charged | A True Punishment Story brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.

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    • 4.2 • 29 Ratings

For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been followed people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened—the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generation of activists and insiders began challenging the old system the gun court was part of. Charged | A True Punishment Story brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.

    Ep. 6: The Other Side

    Ep. 6: The Other Side

    We check in with Tarari and others as they complete their time in the diversion program and look toward their futures. We hear from the people inside the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office about their plans to reshape their slice of the criminal justice system.
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    • 30 min
    Ep. 5: The Long Tail

    Ep. 5: The Long Tail

    A standalone episode about one of the voices featured in our series who is introduced to listeners as an expert but who goes through his own harrowing experience with the system when he’s sent to Rikers a few days shy of completing his parole. We document his ordeal and its surprising aftermath.
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    Additional music for this episode by Lee Rosevere. 
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    • 42 min
    Ep. 4: The Escape Hatch

    Ep. 4: The Escape Hatch

    Tarari enters a diversion program which saves him from jail but puts his life — and the lives of other defendants like him — on a knife’s edge. We hear from social workers who run the program about the many ethical quandaries of trying to help their clients inside of a system built to punish them. 
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    • 32 min
    Ep. 3: The Ghost of Tyrone Howard

    Ep. 3: The Ghost of Tyrone Howard

    Tarari faces a very long prison sentence before he’s offered the chance at mercy — with many strings attached. An episode from Eric’s past comes back to haunt him as he campaigns for D.A. and thinks through the consequences of extending mercy to people like Tarari.
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    • 28 min
    Ep. 2: Criminogenic

    Ep. 2: Criminogenic

    As his family and friends hustle to come up with his bail money, Tarari ends up at one of the most infamous jails in the country: Rikers Island. Eric runs for his own term as district attorney just as the demands to close Rikers heat up.
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 1+: The Making of Charged

    Ep. 1+: The Making of Charged

    This is a free preview of a Slate Plus bonus episode of Charged. Only Slate Plus members get an additional episode of Charged every week, diving deeper into the legal issues discussed on the show. To listen to the rest of the bonus episodes this season, join Slate Plus at slate.com/charged.
    In this first bonus episode of Charged, host Emily Bazelon talks to producers Veralyn Williams and Alvin Melathe. Williams worked with Bazelon in the early stages of the podcast, and then Melathe took over a few months in. They discuss what it’s like being producers of color, and the racial nuances of making a podcast about crime and punishment in New York.
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

peraxhil ,

Good but stop with the “like”

Well done profile of a part of the criminal justice system - but in your discussions, can you get through a sentence without using the word “like” - very annoying and unprofessional.

lordtyger9 ,

Emily is Excellent

Very interesting to listen to, I recommend this.

embeekay ,

Excellent, real, raw storytelling

Highly recommend. Hoping this otherwise substance-less review rises above the review that meaninglessly critiques the podcast’s use of the word “like” as unprofessional. 1) Elitist. 2) To the extent that persons interviewed use the word “like,” they are narrating their experiences. Most of us humans use the word “like” or other fillers in conversation. 3) I tracked every use by Emily Bazelon of the word “like.” She uses the word when making comparisons. A listener may prefer “such as” or “for example,” but “like” is valid and, I suggest, used far more commonly when making comparisons in the spoken word.

There is a clip of a judge increasing bail from $1,000 to $2,000 based on the simple fact that the accused said “yeah” instead of “yes” in response to his question. That story probably horrified the “like” reviewer, but it is only a step away from your critique.

Thanks Charged team!

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