22 episodes

The Justice Rap Up explores the critical role of public defenders in systemic justice reform. Hosted by Gideon's Promise President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia, each episode explores a wide range of issues facing marginalized communities with subject matter experts, key opinion leaders and people impacted by the American criminal legal system.

The Justice Rap Up The Justice Rap Up

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

The Justice Rap Up explores the critical role of public defenders in systemic justice reform. Hosted by Gideon's Promise President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia, each episode explores a wide range of issues facing marginalized communities with subject matter experts, key opinion leaders and people impacted by the American criminal legal system.

    Episode 22 - My Mama, My Lawyer, My Shield

    Episode 22 - My Mama, My Lawyer, My Shield

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    Happy Mother’s Day! Illy is flying solo on this episode as we celebrate the matriarchs of the family household, mothers. This episode is dedicated to all things motherhood but, specifically motherhood as it relates to our punitive criminal legal system. We have two guests joining us this episode who will speak to the challenges, triumphs, and everyday life of working moms and mothers of incarcerated children.

    Jacinta Hall, who serves as Assistant Federal Public Defender in Jackson, MS and who is also a member of the Gideon’s Promise faculty, talks about life as not only a single mother but, also a public defender navigating through our justice system. Ms. Shirley Billingly is the proud mother of three children. Two of her three children ended up getting trapped in the system. Ms. Billingly speaks about the struggles of traveling to see her kids, how she found strength within her community, and how to pay it forward to other mothers struggling to stay connected with their children while they are incarcerated.

    • 49 min
    Episode 21 - Let the Griots Tell It

    Episode 21 - Let the Griots Tell It

    The West African word ‘griot’ is defined by members of traveling musicians, poets, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history. This month’s podcast celebrates the griots that exist in the courtroom, which are the public defenders. Mastering the unique skill of storytelling is an essential art that allows public defenders to represent and honor their clients by telling their stories.

    On National Tell a Story Day (April 27th), co-hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia explore the importance of storytelling in the courtroom. Storytelling is a critical component within our Gideon's Promise training. It allows our public defenders to humanize their client and their story, to get them the best outcome possible. 

    On this episode, our co-hosts speak with two premiere Gideon’s Promise faculty members who know the true meaning of what it means to embody their client’s story. Tune in as Director of Training for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Patrice Fulcher, and Training Director of the National Association for Public Defense, Jeff Sherr, speak about the benefits of storytelling, the science behind an impactful story, and what it means to be a great storyteller.

    • 54 min
    Episode 20 - Women in Power

    Episode 20 - Women in Power

    We are celebrating Women’s History Month with two incredible guests! On this episode Ilham Askia is flying solo speaking with two women who are leading the charge in public defense and in criminal justice reform.

    Host Ilham Askia speaks with Alaina Bloodworth, Deputy Director of the Black Public Defender Association, and Keisha Hudson Brooks, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Listen in as they speak about how mentorship impacted their careers, women in public defense, and the challenges women of color face fighting within the criminal legal system.

    “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C J Walker.

    • 46 min
    Episode 19 - Black History Isn’t Just a Thing of the Past

    Episode 19 - Black History Isn’t Just a Thing of the Past

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    This month we are celebrating Black History Month! Black History Month was created in 1976 to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Black Americans past, present and future.

    “Black history is American history.” – Morgan Freeman

    Co-hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia sat down with longtime supporter, friend, and Gideon’s Promise faculty member, Lori James-Townes. Lori is the first Black woman to be named the Executive Director for the National Association for Public Defense. Grab a seat, as they discuss the correlation between public defense and civil rights, why is social work so important to public defense, and what it means to be the first.

    • 49 min
    Episode 18 - I Need a Mentor, And I Need One Now!

    Episode 18 - I Need a Mentor, And I Need One Now!

    Happy New Year! We are kicking off the new year in celebration of National Mentorship Month, by discussing  the importance of mentorship among public defenders. The Gideon’s Promise Mentorship program was created in 2018 to provide public defenders with a community of peers they could rely on for support, encouragement and inspiration.

    Co-hosts Jonathan Rapping and Ilham Askia sat down with two amazing public defenders within our community who have truly benefited from this important program. Listen in as attorneys Jemila Lea of the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, and Katherine (Kat) Racz Lake of the Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, speak about the benefits of mentorship within their professional and personal lives.

    • 38 min
    Episode 17 - The 2021 Rap Up

    Episode 17 - The 2021 Rap Up

    For the last episode of the 2021, hosts Jonathan Rapping & Ilham Askia are recapping their favorite episodes from this year! Each month we tackled hard hitting issues that not only plague our community, but also affected our criminal legal system as a whole. Listen in as they speak about their favorite moments, guests, and what they look forward to in 2022!

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

MrsCRJ ,

A Podcast that is long overdue and very important!

Public Defenders play a critical role in the fight for justice and equality for marginalized people, which are overwhelmingly POC. This podcast is just as important as any other that you are listening to during this pivotal time in our country.

Amani J. ,

Love it!

I absolutely loved listening to the first episode, and can’t wait for more.

KNHudson2012 ,

Gideon's Promise- a champion for public defenders

Listen to this podcast if you want to understand the systemic issues with the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the critical role public defenders play in fighting for justice and reform.

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