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.

    Episode 30: A Conversation with Rodney Spivey-Jones and Max Kenner

    Episode 30: 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
    Episode 28: School to Prison Pipeline

    Episode 28: 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
901 Ratings

901 Ratings

John Stamos4 ,

Taryn R is Taryn Wrong

I think that the host says “mhmm” the correct amount of times.

Taryn R ,

Really interesting

Really interesting but I wish the host didn’t say “mhmm” every five seconds. It was so incredibly distracting and frustrating

jingolia ,

interesting and informative!

isn’t crazy how much you don’t know?? this podcast is a great way to learn about our justice system! the info is expressed nicely and easily understood. i always have a desire to explore and research topics even further after listening. there’s also a great variety of educated speakers. i definitely recommend giving it a listen!

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