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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 Justice Innovation.

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    • 4.8 • 55 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 Justice Innovation.

    Mental Health and Anti-Blackness

    Mental Health and Anti-Blackness

    "Even in the clients we serve, anti-Blackness is the reason why they show up in harmful ways in the community."

    • 43 min
    Recriminalization in Oregon

    Recriminalization in Oregon

    Morgan Godvin was at the frontlines of Oregon's decriminalization fight. She says progress towards a health-based approach to drug use "has fallen prey to fear-based policy."

    • 28 min
    Gideon at 60: Deconstructing Mass Supervision

    Gideon at 60: Deconstructing Mass Supervision

    Vincent Schiraldi used to run probation in New York City; now he’s asking whether it should even exist. Schiraldi says some of the roots of mass supervision—and its connection to mass incarceration—can be found in a surprising place: the Supreme Court’s 1963 Gideon decision. It recognized, but failed to adequately support, a poor person’s right to a lawyer.



    Hear the final episode in our “Gideon at 60” series.



    Full show notes

    • 36 min
    Gideon at 60: Uncivil Justice

    Gideon at 60: Uncivil Justice

    A profile of the fight to secure lawyers for people facing eviction and the radical impact that is having in Housing Court. With its 1963 Gideon decision, the Supreme Court guaranteed a lawyer to any poor person facing prison time. For criminal cases, the decision was both sweeping and critically incomplete. On the civil side, the campaign for a right-to-counsel is taking a different approach—it's slow and piecemeal, but it's also working.



    This is the second episode in our series on the legacy of the Gideon decision. Hear the first episode here.



    Full show notes

    • 24 min
    Gideon at 60: The Unfunded Mandate

    Gideon at 60: The Unfunded Mandate

    Sixty years on from a landmark Supreme Court decision, how can public defenders organize for genuine change?

    • 38 min
    When Young People Go to Prison for Life

    When Young People Go to Prison for Life

    Rather than arrests and incarceration, what do young people who commit harm actually need?

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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Very informative

Very informative podcast about criminal justice reform

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Great tool to learn

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

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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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