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.
DA Boudin and Rachel look at the treatment of crime victims and survivors throughout the legal process. They are joined by two leading advocates for crime survivors: Tinisch Hollins of Californians for Safety and Justice and Sandra Henriquez of Valor US (formerly California Coalition Against Sexual Assault). What does justice look like for crime victims--and for communities impacted by crime? Do most victims favor retributive justice and maximum sentences?
Restorative Justice with Danielle Sered
In this powerful, must-listen episode, DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Danielle Sered, the Executive Director of Uncommon Justice, to talk about the process known as restorative justice. While breaking down some of the myths and facts about restorative justice, this episode explores the ways the criminal legal system can better center crime victims and survivors.
Hate Crimes & Justice with Shirin Sinnar
In the wake of an increase in hate and violence against the AAPI community, DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Professor Shirin Sinnar to discuss hate crimes. They explore the history of hate crime laws, the limits of their use, and their impact. Are hate crime laws helpful in deterring or preventing hate crimes? Do they serve other purposes? How do hate crimes impact different communities who face hate? They also discuss Professor Sinnar's recent report on alternative responses to hate crimes.
Lifelong Justice? With Keith Wattley
This insightful episode examines the impact of life sentences. DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Keith Wattley, the Founder and Executive Director of UnCommon, who represents people sentenced to life sentences in California at their parole hearings. They discuss the impact of life sentences; how the parole process works under the law as well as in practice, and how it can be improved. They also explore the ways in which prisons too often fail those who are sentenced to life by denying their humanity.
Behavioral Health Justice with Tim Black
DA Boudin and Rachel are joined by Tim Black of the renowned CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) program in Oregon, an innovative program that provides alternatives to policing by sending trained mental health first responders to handle crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. DA Boudin, Rachel and Tim talk about the criminalization of mental illness and explore ways the system can better help those struggling with mental health and addiction.
Guest today was Bryan Stephenson, a giant in the innocence and redemptive justice effort. Hosts offer good insights, interesting topics. Looks like a very worthwhile second season coming.
Refreshing! It's about TIME!
This Podcast is timely and refreshing. We (as a nation) HAVE to get used to the uncomfortable feeling of accountability in our political and personal ideology. Public discourse is essential, even when these ideologies clash. Only a coward is afraid to have their notion of what life “should be” challenged. Welcoming a marketplace of sincere ideas is “POWER TO THE PEOPLE!” We WANT that; We NEED that!
Accountability is NOT the enemy!
Important to have a space for these tough conversations