100 episodes

Sometimes challenging, often disturbing, occasionally absurd, always timely: Criminal Injustice explores the most complex and urgent issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system in conversation with the field's most knowledgeable experts.

Professor David Harris and guests take on everything from racial bias to use of force... from surveillance technology to mass incarceration... and from police abuse and misconduct to the astonishing, frequently hilarious misdeeds of "Lawyers Behaving Badly."

It's not a lecture hall, and you don't need a law degree to keep up. But you'll walk away from each episode with a deeper, richer understanding of what's wrong with the criminal justice system – and how to fix it.

Criminal (In)justice David Harris

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    • 4.5, 225 Ratings

Sometimes challenging, often disturbing, occasionally absurd, always timely: Criminal Injustice explores the most complex and urgent issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system in conversation with the field's most knowledgeable experts.

Professor David Harris and guests take on everything from racial bias to use of force... from surveillance technology to mass incarceration... and from police abuse and misconduct to the astonishing, frequently hilarious misdeeds of "Lawyers Behaving Badly."

It's not a lecture hall, and you don't need a law degree to keep up. But you'll walk away from each episode with a deeper, richer understanding of what's wrong with the criminal justice system – and how to fix it.

    Bonus: Minneapolis Officers Charged

    Bonus: Minneapolis Officers Charged

    Derek Chauvin faces second- and third-degree murder and assault charges, and the three other Minneapolis police officers who watched him kill George Floyd are charged with aiding and abetting the crime. Why not first-degree? What do the charges mean? Dave breaks down the prosecution's reasoning. 
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    • 17 min
    Bonus: Dog Leash Lady Tries to Unleash Racist Violence

    Bonus: Dog Leash Lady Tries to Unleash Racist Violence

    Viral video of an encounter in NYC's Central Park shows a white woman calling 911 to report another park user is threatening her life, apparently trying to provoke a violent police response against the "African American man" who had simply asked her to leash her dog.
    Reflexively fearing people of another race is racist -- but it's mostly a function of the garden-variety implicit bias that most of us harbor on some level, whether we're aware of it or not. Actively weaponizing that fear  in others when you know it's baseless... that's taking it to another level.
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    • 8 min
    Bonus: The Death of George Floyd

    Bonus: The Death of George Floyd

    Another horrific episode of police violence, captured on video in Minneapolis, graphically recalls the 2014 killing of Eric Garner by NYPD officers who were never criminally charged in his death. This time the officers may face charges, but prosecuting police is still notoriously difficult. Is there hope for justice?

    • 29 min
    Bonus: The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

    Bonus: The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

    The killing of an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, by two white men in Georgia went largely unnoticed until video of the February shooting went viral earlier this month. Now the father and son face murder charges -- but will Georgia's "Stand Your Ground" law block their conviction?
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    • 10 min
    Read This: Let the People Go

    Read This: Let the People Go

    Recommended reading on how COVID-19 is impacting incarcerated populations and what must be done to avoid catastrophe: "Let the People Go" by Joseph Margulies in the Boston Review.
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    • 5 min
    Bonus: Bad to Worse

    Bonus: Bad to Worse

    COVID-19 has exposed systemic injustice and institutional failures at every level of society, and nowhere more than in the criminal justice system. Incarcerated people are already being hit hard by the pandemic, but the situation is rapidly deteriorating -- and the effects will be felt beyond the walls of prisons and jails.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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225 Ratings

225 Ratings

Buffalo Lawyer ,

July 30, 2019 jury exclusion/sunshine project

As a criminal lawyer in NY I was just catching up on my favorite podcast after a short federal trial in which our client was charged with retaliating against a witness who had testified against him in a prior drug trafficking trial. He posted the name of the police informants who had testified on his Facebook page. During jury selection the prosecutor used 4/6 preemptory challenges to remove African Americans from the panel. The race-neutral reason given was that each had a family member who had been convicted of a felony. It occurred to me if statistically African Americans are imprisoned in our country at a higher rate than other racial groups, the coordinate number of potential jurors who are related to someone who has been convicted of a crime will be proportionately higher for African American jurors. Thanks, as always, Professor Harris for a great podcast- and for the continuing legal education.

MissGinger13 ,

Politically motivated

Criticizing every democratic candidate except the one you’re using this podcast to promote is not productive and it alienates voters. We need to be united. Your favored candidate should answer for a few things too but I don’t expect that you’ll be fair and hold him to any kind of scrutiny like you do the others.

Miss Ginger 58 ,

Love but

Love this podcast but your teaser stumping sanders does not inspire me to pay for your Patreon content. Of the snippets you could use that is the worst.

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