Humanize. Educate. Elevate. Conversations on the re-entry process of people who have experienced incarceration. Author and scholar Michelle Alexander said that, "The system of mass incarceration is based on the prison label, not prison time." Learn what barriers people who have paid their debt to society face when they come out of prison and return to their communities. We all have a role to play to promote a more just society, one that is not forever punishing. You too can offer "second chances" to individuals who come out of prison. As one of our podcast guests said, "we are not monsters, we are humans who want to do the right thing and contribute to society." Become and agent of change! Start by educating yourself about the formerly incarcerated and the impact that mass incarceration has on families and communities. Subscribe on all major podcast apps. The One in Four production team is comprised of enthusiastic and talented individuals: Bea Spadacini, Host, Producer and Writer; Tim Nicholson, Visual Artist and Co-Producer; Michael Balasia, Sound Engineer. Senior Advisors: Tara Libert, David Sampe, and Kadija Clifton.
Sidecast on Health: Bea and Jennifer discuss the right to health through the lens of a personal journey
Jennifer is a graduate of the Speakers Bureau of the Community Family Life Services, our partner in Season II. Although Jennifer has not experienced incarceration herself, her empathy comes from being a cancer survivor who has faced bias and discrimination in accessing care and treatment. Also, as a result of her illness, and the subsequent loss of her job, Jennifer was homelessness for several years while being a single Mother. This is her story about health, the commitment to live, and be a great Mom.
A Dog Training Program that Rehabilitates Humans from Trauma
In this episode Citizen Journalist Jennifer Speight interviews Zach Skow, the founder and executive director of Marley's Mutts a dog rescue organization in California that runs a program called Pawsitive Change in the California prison system. In this fascinating conversation, you will learn what compelled Zach to start his non-profit and to work with men and women who are incarcerated. You will also be amazed to hear about the potential of the pet industry in offering second chance employment to the formerly incarcerated!
Crystal Marshall in conversation with Joseph Tolbert
Crystal Marshall is a reporter in training for this season of the One in Four podcast, which is created in collaboration with Community Family Life Services. In this episode, Crystal speaks with Joseph Tolbert about coming home from prison, entrepreneurship, and making a living. This episode is brought to you with the support of Season II co-producer Eric Bond. We hope you enjoy it.
Sidecast on Resilience: Bea and Beverly discuss the meaning of resilience
After working on the resilience episode, Beverly shared with Bea why she picked this topic and what she came away with after interviewing her guests. Let us know what the word resilience means to you in the context of your own life on our FB page or on our IG account. Enjoy!
Beverly Smith-Brown on Resilience and Reentry
In this episode, we focus on resilience or the ability to overcome adversity and life’s many challenges with grace and strength. The pandemic and systemic racism are opportunities to build resilience and come out of this period stronger and more united as a human race than ever before. And what better person to bring you this episode than Beverly Smith-Brown, one of our reporters in training and a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of Community Family Life Services? Beverly has overcome a lot of personal trauma, including growing up with family members that were addicted to crack cocaine and spending time in prison herself. She is the founder of Momma’s Safe Heaven, a local nonprofit organization that helps individuals heal from trauma through counseling, referrals and mentoring services for youth in under-served communities. Beverly, who is a mother to four children and a grandmother to five grandchildren, is a successful filmmaker and dabbles with the arts, which is why this episode is so fitting.
Art is often a vehicle for healing, self-expression and transformation. And resilience is the outcome of an inner journey. It is about finding strength within to confront challenges outside, including grief, abuse, and violence. People who have experienced and survived incarceration know about resilience.
In this episode, you will hear from Carole Alden, Wendy Jason, Aimee Wissman and Global Prison Ambassador Lamboginny.
Aaliyah Polite in Conversation with Carrie Murchison
In this episode, One in Four podcast citizen reporter and CFLS Speakers Bureau member Aaliyah Polite continues her series of conversations around technology and reentry. In this episode, she interviews Carrie Murchison, Returned Citizen Advocate for the Last Mile, a San Francisco-based technology accelerator that is operational inside 17 prisons across the U.S. and supports reentry by investing in tech skills and facilitating access to in-demand jobs.
“I highly recommend One in Four Podcast. Kudos to Ms. Spadacini and her team for highlighting the voices of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system. It is imperative that the directly impacted population is a part of each and every conversation regarding reform. That is from idea formulation, to strategy development, to implementation, to post-assessment. It should go without saying that directly impacted persons are on the front lines and can provide the most effective solutions to these complex issues. Thank you, One in Four Podcast.” -Melanie E. Bates
A deep diving insight into world of re-entry.
This podcast is not only beautifully produced, and easy to listen to, it also has a very personal style to it which I like. Each episode felt like I was sitting on a couch having a conversation with the speaker, easy for me to be put in the shoes of the one sharing their experience. Good job One in Four!
Opens your eyes to a problematic system you didn’t know was a problem
Great content. Exposure to real problems and to the powerful organizations trying to find solutions and make change.