7 episodes

A trip to jail, even a short stint, can upend many lives - the inmate, their loved ones, and their children among others. This series traces the path from city block to jail block and back.

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    • Society & Culture

A trip to jail, even a short stint, can upend many lives - the inmate, their loved ones, and their children among others. This series traces the path from city block to jail block and back.

    Away from home: An audio journal

    Away from home: An audio journal

    The absence of those in jail can be felt deeply by family members and loved ones. 

    • 13 min
    In and out of the biggest mental health facility in Los Angeles

    In and out of the biggest mental health facility in Los Angeles

    Meet LePriest Valentine, who kept winding up in the only sanctuary he could find after getting out of jail: Skid Row.

    • 13 min
    There's no glamour in a jailhouse wedding

    There's no glamour in a jailhouse wedding

    All prisoners have the right to marry, but there are lots of restrictions. You can't exchange rings or request a special ceremony, there's thick glass separating the couple and even applying for the marriage license itself can be complicated. It may...

    • 10 min
    Lost weekends

    Lost weekends

    Thousands of Los Angeles County prisoners are housed in Pitchess Detention center, 50 miles from the inner city neighborhoods where police make many arrests. For visitors, the journey to the jail can take all day. The closest bus stop is a mile away...

    • 12 min
    Bail: How to buy your freedom [Explicit]

    Bail: How to buy your freedom [Explicit]

    If you have the money, getting out of jail can be straightforward. If you don't, you're going to need some help.

    • 10 min
    Life on a million dollar block [Explicit]

    Life on a million dollar block [Explicit]

    One small neighborhood in Los Angeles accounted for hundreds of bookings into county jail over a five year period - and more than a million dollars in incarceration costs.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Jack_McCoy ,

Fascinating Stories

Interesting tales of the California and Los Angeles criminal justice system. You’ll hear from public defenders, bail bonsmen, people who’ve been to jail, and people just trying to get by. All narrated by a soft-spoken guy with a British accent.

Nkay666 ,

“Episode Unavailable” only

Doesn’t matter what podcast system I use-IT DOES NOT PLAY-only shows “Episode Unavailable” pretty lame they advertise non stop and now it doesn’t even play?! Get it together!
Should get ZERO stars for not playing 😡

Smaktcat ,

Impressive

Doing a great job on a world that most Americans are insulated from, giving a voice to folks most Americans don't want to know or hear about. Big shout out to JC Swadic(spelling?) the sound mix was really spot on!

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