40 episodes

Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 2.1K Ratings

Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.

    1: The Blind Spot

    1: The Blind Spot

    Men in an Illinois prison said they were beaten in a spot with no security cameras. But no one took action, until someone died. Exposing violence and cover ups, Season 4 of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.
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    • 40 min
    2: Us and Them

    2: Us and Them

    Damaria Bates and Jimia Stokes started their jobs as mental health workers, full of hope. But soon, they saw signs of severe abuse-- mentally ill prisoners with injuries, drenched in tear gas. When they tried to report the problems, they say fellow staff retaliated against them.
    In this episode we go behind the walls with the two women, as they try to make changes from the inside out. As two of the only black women on the mental health staff, they say they navigated racism and harassment. They began to feel like it was impossible to do the job they came to do.
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    • 40 min
    3: The Major and Her Crew

    3: The Major and Her Crew

    State investigators interrogate a high-ranking prison guard, who is accused of coordinating attacks on prisoners.

    • 46 min
    4: No Justice in Politics

    4: No Justice in Politics

    A man goes into prison with a 7 year sentence. But ends up getting 97 more years. How does that happen? And what do small town politics have to do with it?

    • 44 min
    Update: The Trial, and Other News

    Update: The Trial, and Other News

    A short update on Motive Season Four.

    • 2 min
    5: The Trial

    5: The Trial

    Two Illinois prison guards were tried for beating Larry Earvin to death. We try to make sense of the trial and what it says about prisons?

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Gurban Black ,

World Class Reporting

Super insightful well researched. Mad that I’ve finally caught up and heard all 4 seasons. Can’t wait for the 5th season.

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I’m unable to turn off the show

This is by far the most interesting show. The reporting aspect is amazing. I can only image the amount of time and research goes into making this show. Thank you very much for captivating show.

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Amazing reporting.

Thank you for this through amazing reporting. I enjoyed every episode.
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