49 episodes

Justice in America, hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith, is a podcast for everyone interested in criminal justice reform— from those new to the system to experts who want to know more. Each episode we cover a new criminal justice issue. We explain how it works and look at its impact on people, particularly poor people and people of color. We’ll also interview activists, practitioners, experts, journalists, organizers, and others, to learn. By the end of the episode, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of what drives mass incarceration and what can fix it.

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Justice in America, hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith, is a podcast for everyone interested in criminal justice reform— from those new to the system to experts who want to know more. Each episode we cover a new criminal justice issue. We explain how it works and look at its impact on people, particularly poor people and people of color. We’ll also interview activists, practitioners, experts, journalists, organizers, and others, to learn. By the end of the episode, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of what drives mass incarceration and what can fix it.

    A Conversation with Rodney Spivey-Jones and Max Kenner

    A Conversation with Rodney Spivey-Jones and Max Kenner

    In January 2020 Josie Duffy Rice and her producer, Florence Barrau-Adams, traveled to Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon New York to interview Rodney Spivey-Jones and Max Kenner. Max is the founder and Executive Director of the Bard Prison Initiative, and Rodney received his bachelor’s degree from Bard College in 2017 through the Bard Prison Initiative. Rodney has been incarcerated for 17 years, and is currently incarcerated at Fishkill. Both are featured in the PBS documentary series College Behind Bars. They joined Josie to discuss why Max started BPI 20 years ago, Rodney's experience as part of BPI, and what he hopes to do upon his release. 
    For more information please visit theappeal.org

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 29: Schools in Prison

    Episode 29: Schools in Prison

    On this episode of Justice in America, Josie Duffy Rice and her co-host Derecka Purnell talk about education in prisons. They'll discuss the impact of having access to education, the dire lack of available programming, and what happened to prison education after the 1994 crime bill.  They're joined by Dyjuan Tatro and Wesley Caines, alumni of the Bard Prison Initiative. The Bard Prison Initiative is a college program offered through Bard College in six New York State prisons. It's also the subject of a critically acclaimed new documentary series on PBS, called College Behind Bars. 
    For transcripts and more information please visit theappeal.org.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dyjuan Tatro and Wes Caines’ Book Recommendations

    Dyjuan Tatro and Wes Caines’ Book Recommendations

    Wesley Caines is the Chief of Staff at the Bronx Defenders and an alum of the Bard Prison Initiative or BPI and Dyjuan Tatro, works at the Bard Prison Initiative as their Government Affairs Officer and he’s also an alumnus of the program. 
    Wes and Dyjuan joined host Josie Duffy Rice to talk about their reading recommendations.
    For show notes and more information please check out theappeal.org.

    • 3 min
    Interviewing the creators of College Behind Bars

    Interviewing the creators of College Behind Bars

    In this bonus episode, Josie Duffy Rice and her co-host Derecka Purnell talk to Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, the creators of College Behind Bars. College Behind Bars, which was directed by Novick and produced by Botstein, is a four-episode documentary series about the Bard Prison Initiative, one of the most innovative and challenging prison education programs in the country. Josie and Derecka talk to Sarah and Lynn about the years they spent making the film, what they learned, and the future of prison education in America.
    For transcripts please visit theappeal.org

    • 37 min
    Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein's Book Recommendations

    Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein's Book Recommendations

    Director Lynn Novick and Producer Sarah Botstein, the creators of College Behind Bars, join hosts Josie Duffy Rice and Derecka Purnell to talk about their book recommendations.  
    For show notes and more information please check out theappeal.org.

    • 3 min
    School to Prison Pipeline

    School to Prison Pipeline

    What is the school to prison pipeline, and how is it affecting children across America? On this episode of Justice in America, Josie and her co-host, Derecka Purnell, talk to Judith Browne Dianis, the Executive Director of the Advancement Project. They’ll discuss the forms that the school to prison pipeline takes, and the effects it has on poor, black, and brown kids in particular.
    For more information please visit theappeal.org

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
995 Ratings

995 Ratings

Marialucgom ,

Teaching and learning, forever!

I was highly moved after watching documentary on Netflix, focusing on college in prison. I taught for 30 years, 1st grade through high school and college. My focus has been English, reading and writing, and Spanish. As a first generation immigrant from Colombia 55 years ago, my education has been my lifeline. We all need a lifeline, and I wholeheartedly support the education of prisoners. We cannot expect individuals to survive in our complex world without the tools they need to make a living. Congratulations to all graduates and determined students—you are the future!

abm802 ,

Incredible

This podcast opened my world and I am incredibly grateful for the time and knowledge of the beautiful original hosts and all the guests. I’ve told everyone in my life about this podcast over the years. I’m working in a public defender office because of the public’s defense episode

podcastfan124 ,

Listen to this podcast now !!!

I’m a podcast fiend, and this is hands down one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. The cast of interviewees on the show are absolutely stellar, and the hosts are so thoughtful and ask such important questions. Learned SO much about the state of the criminal punishment system and the work that lies ahead of us. Very grateful for this podcast

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