212 episodes

New Thinking is about justice—and injustice—in America. It’s about the people trying to fix a legal system that falls so short of our ideals, and about the people organizing to build something new in its place. It’s hosted by Matt Watkins and produced by the Center for Court Innovation.

New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation Center for Court Innovation

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    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

New Thinking is about justice—and injustice—in America. It’s about the people trying to fix a legal system that falls so short of our ideals, and about the people organizing to build something new in its place. It’s hosted by Matt Watkins and produced by the Center for Court Innovation.

    Evicting Evictions

    Evicting Evictions

    Housing is a human right. What if we designed our systems—beginning with Housing Court—to embody that?

    • 20 min
    Reform and Its Discontents

    Reform and Its Discontents

    What if much of what is packaged today as "reforms" to the criminal legal system are extending, not countering, that system's harmful effects?

    • 34 min
    Why Data Doesn't Stick

    Why Data Doesn't Stick

    Data makes a powerful case against the criminal justice status quo, but who's listening?

    • 37 min
    Can We Close Rikers?

    Can We Close Rikers?

    NYC has pledged to close its notorious Rikers Island jail by 2027, but obstacles abound.

    • 34 min
    The Question of Dirty Work

    The Question of Dirty Work

    Have we placed people working to offer mental health treatment behind bars in a situation where it's impossible to practice ethical care?

    • 39 min
    Taking Reform Out of Its Comfort Zone

    Taking Reform Out of Its Comfort Zone

    Can a treatment-first approach be brought to scale inside of the same system responsible for mass incarceration in the first place?

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Smushpea ,

Great tool to learn

Great guests and interesting insight. Recommend for those looking to learn more about criminal justice reform, social justice, and advocacy.

KaylaCK ,

Such an informative podcast

This is such a great podcast! Its content is in-depth, yet simplistic enough for all audiences to access and understand. Absolutely recommend if you’re interested in hearing from a diverse number of professionals on issues surrounding criminal justice reform both nationally and specific to New York City.

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Good for Law Students

I'm a 1L, and this podcast always gives me a lot to think about on the way to class.

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