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Step into The Breach as we expose and explore abuses of power in our government. Part of the Rewire News Group podcast network.

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Step into The Breach as we expose and explore abuses of power in our government. Part of the Rewire News Group podcast network.

    Season 4 Finale: The Blackfeet Alternative

    Season 4 Finale: The Blackfeet Alternative

    Throughout Season Four of The Breach, we've explored the racial and political agendas behind the push to treat substance use by pregnant people as a crime rather than a health issue. We broke the news of law 240-D in Fort Peck, Montana, the harshest law of this kind found to date. We met Reneé, a woman jailed under 240-D. We've examined the ongoing challenges facing tribal governments as they grapple with high rates of substance use. And we've delved into the myths and contradictions of the drug court model in which Reneé and others can find themselves trapped.

    In our final episode of the season, we take you to the Blackfeet reservation in northwest Montana for a glimpse at a compassionate alternative to criminalization.

    • 17 min
    The Catch-22 of Drug Courts

    The Catch-22 of Drug Courts

    Season Four of the The Breach explores one central question: What happens when drug use during pregnancy becomes a felony?

    In our last episode, we met Reneé, a woman jailed under 240-D, a unique law in Fort Peck, Montana, that criminalizes substance use during pregnancy. As part of her sentence, Reneé was required to participate in a special court in the Fort Peck justice system known as Healing to Wellness Court.

    This is the tribal system’s version of a drug court, which is often billed as a more humane solution to drug-related crime. Today there are more than 3100 drug courts operating in the United States, including more than 70 Healing to Wellness Courts. But beneath the assurances of compassion and the glossy data suggesting success lurk very real concerns about the effectiveness of this system.

    In this episode, host Lindsay Beyerstein speaks with drug court expert Denise Tomasini-Joshi. Together, they unpack the reality behind these band-aid courts and reveal how a seemingly humane solution falls short in practice.

    • 26 min
    Part 3: Meeting Renée in Jail

    Part 3: Meeting Renée in Jail

    Part 3 of 3–all 3 parts available now.

    When Montana county prosecutor Jay Harris announced he was going to seek protective orders for fetuses against pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, it made international news. So why doesn’t anybody know that more than a dozen Native women have been criminally charged for the same behavior just a few hours away?

    Join host Lindsay Beyerstein for a completely new investigative season of The Breach exploring one central question: What happens when drug use during pregnancy becomes a felony? Hear from experts, locals, officials, and a woman from the jail in which she was held under a law that few people even knew existed—until now.

    • 37 min
    Part 2: Discovering 240-D in Fort Peck

    Part 2: Discovering 240-D in Fort Peck

    Part 2 of 3–all 3 parts available now.

    When Montana county prosecutor Jay Harris announced he was going to seek protective orders for fetuses against pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, it made international news. So why doesn’t anybody know that more than a dozen Native women have been criminally charged for the same behavior just a few hours away?

    Join host Lindsay Beyerstein for a completely new investigative season of The Breach exploring one central question: What happens when drug use during pregnancy becomes a felony? Hear from experts, locals, officials, and a woman from the jail in which she was held under a law that few people even knew existed—until now.

    • 51 min
    Part 1: Investigating Big Horn County

    Part 1: Investigating Big Horn County

    Part 1 of 3–all 3 parts available now.

    When Montana county prosecutor Jay Harris announced he was going to seek protective orders for fetuses against pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, it made international news. So why doesn’t anybody know that more than a dozen Native women have been criminally charged for the same behavior just a few hours away?

    Join host Lindsay Beyerstein for a completely new investigative season of The Breach exploring one central question: What happens when drug use during pregnancy becomes a felony? Hear from experts, locals, officials, and a woman from the jail in which she was held under a law that few people even knew existed—until now.

    • 32 min
    Coming 9/25: A Nine-Month Investigation Leads to A Story You Have to Hear

    Coming 9/25: A Nine-Month Investigation Leads to A Story You Have to Hear

    It’s taken nine months, but The Breach is back with an entirely new format. We found one story that was so compelling that we had to follow it wherever it led. This story is about pregnancy and drug use. It’s about Native people and tribal sovereignty. It’s about the search for justice. It’s a story nobody has told outside of a small community, but one that everybody needs to hear.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

elsevier ,

Love the old seasons, love the new one!

I no longer listen to podcast on Apple but I love this one so much I came back here to write this review! It is that great!

Nicky Rivera ,

The Rachel Maddow of the Podcast world.

I’ve been following LB over her podcast history (search: Atheist)
She has the most unabashedly intelligent, thoughtful, learned guests of any podcast- fullstop.
This includes the cast of any VOX podcasts.
You won’t hear the tidal wade of ‘likes’, “ums”, verbal uptake, Vocal fry and talk-over which run rampant on many of the VOX podcasts- (this Critique excludes Ezra’s podcast).
My only gripe is that LB’s podcast should be longer.

Admbaker ,

Being skeptical is a good thing

I love the breadth of topics that are explored about politics since the election of DT. Deep discussions about the real story behind what the president often calls 'fake news'. I look forward to the next podcast every episode.

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