10 episodes

A podcast on criminal justice reform featuring some of the nation's most prominent thought leaders. Hosted by progressive prosecutors San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Rachel Marshall.

Chasing Justice Chesa Boudin and Rachel Marshall

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    • 4.3, 187 Ratings

A podcast on criminal justice reform featuring some of the nation's most prominent thought leaders. Hosted by progressive prosecutors San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Rachel Marshall.

    The Criminalization of Poverty: Bail with Alec Karakatsanis

    The Criminalization of Poverty: Bail with Alec Karakatsanis

    Every day, there are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who are in jail simply because they are too poor to buy their freedom. In this episode, DA Boudin and Rachel discuss one of the most important issues in the criminal justice reform movement: cash bail. For this discussion, they are joined by Alec Karakatsanis, the founder of Civil Rights Corps and the author of the book Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Playing Ball with People’s Lives: The Three Strikes Law with Susan Champion

    Playing Ball with People’s Lives: The Three Strikes Law with Susan Champion

    California’s Three Strikes Law has sent thousands of people to prison for life sentences, frequently for crimes in which no one was injured. In this episode, DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Susan Champion of Stanford’s Three Strikes Project to break down the Three Strikes Law. They explore the history of this harmful law in California; the effects of the law on California’s prison population; recent reforms Three Strikes has undergone; and the damage it continues to inflict.

    • 49 min
    “For the People”: Finding the Humanity in Our Criminal Legal System with Sajid Khan and Avi Singh

    “For the People”: Finding the Humanity in Our Criminal Legal System with Sajid Khan and Avi Singh

    In this crossover episode with the cohosts of Aider and Abettor podcast, Bay Area public defenders Avi Singh and Sajid Khan join DA Boudin and Rachel to examine what it means when a prosecutor represents “the people.” The group asks who are the people represented by the system at each stage and is the system really serving them? How can the system better recognize the humanity of defendants and victims?

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Who’s Policing the Prosecutors? Prosecutorial Accountability with Emily Bazelon

    Who’s Policing the Prosecutors? Prosecutorial Accountability with Emily Bazelon

    In the midst of a national conversation about holding police accountable, DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine writer and Author of the book Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration to discuss prosecutorial accountability. They discuss the problem of the lack of transparency over the decisions prosecutors make despite their enormous influence.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    An Epidemic Within the Pandemic: The Drug Crisis with Dr. Leana Wen

    An Epidemic Within the Pandemic: The Drug Crisis with Dr. Leana Wen

    In this episode, we hear from nationally renowned physician and COVID-19 expert Dr. Leana Wen on the drug and opioid crisis in our nation.  Dr. Wen explains how to approach the addiction epidemic from a public health perspective, and she explores with DA Boudin and Rachel the roots of the U.S. drug crisis. They discuss the racial impact of the war on drugs, the role of incarceration in perpetuating the cycle of addiction, and how to balance public safety concerns about drug use with public health concerns

    • 53 min
    The Personal is Political: One on One with DA Boudin and Rachel

    The Personal is Political: One on One with DA Boudin and Rachel

    In this deeply personal episode, DA Boudin and Rachel share their own journeys towards justice reform.  DA Boudin describes the story of his parents’ participation in a crime that led to their incarceration for his entire childhood and how it influenced his path to public defender and then DA of San Francisco.  Rachel shares her path towards working in criminal justice reform as a public defender and now for DA Boudin. They define progressive prosecution and talk about their hopes for Chasing Justice.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

sunnymuthafukinsunshine ,

Just my review

I love all the information. I just wish it was a little shorter. I usually can get through about half of each episode before I have to pause for some reason. Besides that I love this new podcast.

Mirzzyboi27 ,

The podcast I have been waiting for

I first saw learned of Chesa Boudin through a NowThis video where he was explaining the deep roots of white supremacy as a DA candidate. Since then, I have been following him and have been inspired by his vision and practices as an attorney. As an aspiring attorney and someone who cares deeply about criminal justice reform, this podcast details the nuisances and intricacies of the system and has given me the opportunity to better articulate my views. Through inviting some of the best minds regarding criminal justice and progressive prosecution in the country, this podcast gives the listener a deep insight into how the criminal justice system really operates. Phenomenal podcast, especially for those wanting to learn about progressive prosecution and criminal justice reform in the United States.

Scotti in SF ,

Chasing Justice links to Community Safety

Episode 7 For the People was enlightening on many levels and linked safety to justice which is so important. Singh and Khan were impressive guests. the Dialogue a great model of how to work toward a better world. If everyone gets out, it is essential to heal and turn things around on the first encounter. More Restorative Justice is my hope. I am proud I campagned for Chesa and there are ways to continue to be involved. Thank You

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