A podcast for everyone affected by the justice system and incarceration. Released Into Captivity is a series of raw conversations about the struggle to assimilate into society after release and the tools for everyone affected to succeed.
The Life We Chose
22. John Vaden Jr.- The Life We Chose: John is an ex Oakpark gang member who was tried and convicted for murder as an adult when he was 16 years old. He took a deal for 19 years to life that could have easily never been released; Check out this amazing story of redemption. Professor George Fisher of Stanford law worked laboriously to get John a second chance. At 17, John was transferred to Tehachapi State Prison and recounts his first experience with prison violence.
Gang Leader to Stanford Law
Rudy Reyes - Gang Leader to Greatness: Daniel records his friend Rudy interviewing with Stanford Law Professor Joan Petersilia. Daniel and Rudy spent 3 days in the California Bay area attending the Uncommon Heroes awards ceremony where freedom fighter Elizabeth Calvin was honored, visiting the Prison Law Office in Berkeley and Stanford Law School.
2nd Chances - Spencer Layman
2nd Chances: Spencer Layman - Student Senator at San Bernardino Valley College and former President of All of Us or None, talks about being more scared on the bus headed to college for the first time than stepping into his first prison yard and second chances.
A Son's Love - Nicole Begley
A Son's Love - "My Mom Needs to Come Home," Daniel interviews Nicole Begley who's son once said this to a DA.
Badge of Honor
Badge of Honor - Daniel talks with his friend Daniel Fothergill minutes after 50 days in rehab. They discuss earning tattoos, sending shooters on people he liked and how he masked his emotions to appear strong. Daniel served time for pulling a gun on his dad; his dad died while he was in prison. Daniel tells us how he felt loved in prison and the difference between feeling “a part of” in prison compared to feeling “a part of” in 12-step fellowships. Get plugged in, go to meetings, get a mentor.
7 Years of Freedom
Daniel talks about his struggles 7 years after being releases from prison after 10 years.
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I love listening to this podcast!!! Glad you made it back for April! We missed you!!! Love how Daniel gets everyone on the same table to discuss life in prison and after prison. It will be amazing to be able to bring more people on the extreme right to understand each other and build bridges. Will love to hear more episodes with you doing inreach and collaborating with ear hustle, as well. Blessings Daniel!
Keep them coming!!
Really love this one
I discovered this through listening to Dopey and it’s now up there in my top 3. I am a social work major but have really taken an interest in our Criminal Justice System (how it works but mostly how much I see wrong with it) the last few years. Incarceration and it’s impact on the lives of so many families and loved ones of inmates is something that needs to be talked about and looked at closer than it is. This was so neat to discover because I couldn’t find another one prior to this that came close to Released into Captivity. I have been through the criminal justice system although have not experienced prison. It was for alcohol related non violent offenses and honestly I am grateful now to have came out of it only to be all the more passionate about where it falls short and what has seemed to improve. I wouldn’t say my experience was so awful, but it didn’t help me in any way to make all the ways I know it failed me worth while. I really try to approach these issues including my beliefs from my experience from a fair perspective. I feel like the show does a good job presenting the material without too much bias. Which considering the host and guests have been through the prison system, I respect their ability to deliver the material from a pretty balanced, subjective perspective. Obviously the show is not about how awesome our country is running the prisons and CJ system, but if anyone has elgitstmaf resskns to paint the entire system with a negative brush, it’s these guys. And good job giving a voice to the people that need to have a lot more influence on what decisions are made because they know better than anyone else. People need to hear both sides and realize maybe they never have. It’s wrong. It’s sad. And it’s not serving the best interests of those that it should be all the time.
It’s very good. Lots of perspectives and lots of brave people getting honest about what rehabilitation really do. Keep if up and thanks