149 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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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: Independent Investigations Aren't Enough

    Bonus: Independent Investigations Aren't Enough

    Independent investigations into police killings are supposed to circumvent the apparent conflict of interest that often prevents local prosecutors from bringing charges against local officers. But they don't seem to be any likelier to result in charges, because the law is stacked in favor of police regardless of who's investigating.

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    • 10 min
    #136 A Break in Belonging

    #136 A Break in Belonging

    When someone goes to prison, it can destroy the family left behind – and even more so when no one really knows what happened. But then, what does the family do years later, when that family member returns?

    Our guest, filmmaker Shirley Vernae Williams ( https://www.shirleyvernae.com/portfolio ) , tells us the story of Pastor Martin Thomas: the murder he committed, and his quest to make his life worthwhile, after he returns from prison.

    Trailer: A Break In Belonging ( https://www.abreakinbelonging.com )

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    • 39 min
    Bonus: Patterns and Practices

    Bonus: Patterns and Practices

    Following Derek Chauvin's conviction in the murder of George Floyd, the Justice Department launches a "pattern or practice" investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

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    • 12 min
    Bonus: Chauvin Guilty

    Bonus: Chauvin Guilty

    A Minneapolis jury has found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts in the murder of George Floyd. What does it mean for criminal justice reform?

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    • 15 min
    #135 The Unlikely Philly DA

    #135 The Unlikely Philly DA

    *In the US, the local prosecutor – usu the district attorney has a huge influence on the criminal system. The DA influences who gets prosecuted, for what, how long they serve if convicted – even who gets the death penalty. So what happens when the usual tough on crime DA gets replaced – by someone determined to bring transformational change to prosecution?*

    *We’ll talk with* *Larry Krasner* ( https://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/aboutus/Pages/DistrictAttorney.aspx ) *, the unlikely Philly DA; his election and attempt to bring that change to an entrenched system is told in* *“Philly DA,”* ( https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/philly-da/ ) *a multi-part documentary airing on PBS beginning April 20. Krasner’s memoir,* *“For the People,”* ( https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612136/for-the-people-by-larry-krasner/ ) *about his life and career up to the day of his swearing in, will be published the same day.*

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    • 53 min
    Bonus: What's a Hate Crime, Exactly?

    Bonus: What's a Hate Crime, Exactly?

    The apparently racially-motivated spa murders in Atlanta have reignited discussion about hate-crime statutes. How do these laws work? How often are they applied, and to what ends?

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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
262 Ratings

262 Ratings

JaimiHajzus ,

Amazing Podcast!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND! This podcast is SUPER informative and also pretty entertaining!!! I’ve been with them since the beginning, and Dave only gets better! 💗💗💗

Fishbowlbabe ,

Podcast Queen B

Biased politics pimped as podcasts that are supposed to be based on crime is not appealing and I immediately delete. I don’t tune in to hear opinions that are not based on fact. Either speak facts or have a disclaimer that you have a left wing media bias.

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

David, host of the Criminal (In)justice podcast, highlights all aspects of criminal justice 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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