187 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.

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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.

    #151 That's All, Folks!

    #151 That's All, Folks!

    After six years and 150+ interviews, Criminal Injustice is wrapping up. Dave and producer Josh Raulerson look back on what the show has accomplished and what it's meant to them.
    While we're taking an indefinite hiatus from posting new episodes, the full back catalog will live on at criminalinjusticepodcast.com. Thanks to our wonderful listeners and everyone who has supported the show over the years!


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    • 49 min
    Special Episode: That Day Job

    Special Episode: That Day Job

    As listeners know, Dave has a great day job: teaching law school. On this special episode we’ll meet some of his law students from the University of Pittsburgh, learning what drew them to the law, and what’s on their minds.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #150 The DNA Earthquake

    #150 The DNA Earthquake

    On Criminal Injustice, we’ve examined a host of changes and reforms that have altered the criminal justice landscape. But nothing – nothing – can match the change brought to every aspect of the system by the use of DNA to uncover wrongful convictions.
    Links:
    The Innocence ProjectChristina Swarns

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    • 51 min
    #149 Closing the Circle on an Unjust Sentence

    #149 Closing the Circle on an Unjust Sentence

    In Episode 55, we brought you a conversation with Kevin Sharp: a former federal judge who gave it up because he had to sentence young men like Chris Young to cruel and unjust mandatory sentences. Several years later, we have an update: we talk with Kevin Sharp, and this time with Chris Young too.


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    • 1 hr
    Bonus: Cue the Grand Jury

    Bonus: Cue the Grand Jury

    Grand juries are a handy tool for prosecutors, providing a ready pretext for any potentially controversial decision to bring charges or, as is often the case with police accused of crimes, not bring charges. Do grand jury proceedings serve any purpose, or are they just theater? Dave explains on 90.5 WESA's The Confluence.


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    • 11 min
    Bonus: Justice Breyer Retires

    Bonus: Justice Breyer Retires

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced in January that he will retire this year, giving President Biden a chance to name his replacement. Dave reviews highlights from Breyer's 38 years on the bench.


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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

Anjadoodle ,

Thank you so very much

I absolutely love this podcast. It’s not anti police nor is it an apologist podcast for criminal behavior. Just healthy. I just purchased “The Rage of Innocence” thanks to the last episode I listened to.
Once again, thank you David.

chuck3340 ,

Great show!

I’m a criminal defense attorney based in Raleigh, NC and I absolutely love this podcast. I recommend it to all my colleagues and listen to it during my commute. Very interesting topics for lawyers as well as anyone interested in social news/issues. Definitely worth giving it a shot!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

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

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