13 episodes

After taking on the topic of policing in America, host and actor Jay Ellis (Insecure, Top Gun: Maverick, Mrs. America) is back to tackle the other side of the coin: Our nation's criminal justice system.

Our nation's courts and prisons are complicated systems that are difficult to understand and navigate. As a result, thousands of people are wrongfully incarcerated, creating after-effects that ripple through our entire society. Jay talks to real people who have experienced the effects of these policies first-hand, as well as academics, scientists, organizers, and city officials who are all part of the effort to answer the question: What can we do to ensure that America's justice system is truly delivering justice to its citizens? 

The Untold Story: Criminal Injustice Lemonada

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 523 Ratings

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After taking on the topic of policing in America, host and actor Jay Ellis (Insecure, Top Gun: Maverick, Mrs. America) is back to tackle the other side of the coin: Our nation's criminal justice system.

Our nation's courts and prisons are complicated systems that are difficult to understand and navigate. As a result, thousands of people are wrongfully incarcerated, creating after-effects that ripple through our entire society. Jay talks to real people who have experienced the effects of these policies first-hand, as well as academics, scientists, organizers, and city officials who are all part of the effort to answer the question: What can we do to ensure that America's justice system is truly delivering justice to its citizens? 

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    The Cost of A Family Member’s Incarceration

    The Cost of A Family Member’s Incarceration

    In Episode 3, Jay learned about Pay to Stay policy - how the criminal justice system extracts money from incarcerated people even while they are behind bars. In this bonus episode, we hear about how the costs of incarceration impact the loved ones and families of incarcerated people, through a conversation between Dr. Nzinga Harrison and her mother, Jane Ajabu, about their own family’s experience navigating the surprising extra costs of the criminal justice system.

    Jay Learns Who Really Pays for Prison Time

    Jay Learns Who Really Pays for Prison Time

    In all 50 states, people caught up in the criminal justice system can be
    charged fines and fees for everything from the cost of police transport during
    arrests, to the cost of room and board for their time behind bars. In this episode,
    Jay learns about the back story of how Pay to Stay policy was inspired by a killer
    clown. And he speaks to experts and journalists about how Pay to Stay policies
    lock people into a never-ending cycle of debt and involvement with the criminal
    justice system.

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    • 32 min
    Tour of the Houston Forensic Science Center - Extended cut

    Tour of the Houston Forensic Science Center - Extended cut

    In Episode 2, Jay took listeners on an audio tour of the Houston Forensic Science Center, to get a glimpse at a truly state-of-the-art, science-based forensic laboratory. This extended cut of the audio tour takes listeners deeper behind the scenes at the HFSC, including the Crime Scene Unit, Firearms and Latent Prints.

    Jay Learns that Forensic Science Isn't Very Scientific

    Jay Learns that Forensic Science Isn't Very Scientific

    Host Jay Ellis is a fan of crime scene investigation TV shows - he’s even acted in
    them! But in this episode, he learns that all the fancy forensic science the heroes
    of those shows use to solve crimes are not as good as they seem on TV. Jay speaks
    to experts about how forensic practices were developed and why they aren’t the
    reliable science they seem to be. He takes listeners on a field trip to the one
    forensic lab in the country that’s getting it right and speaks with a woman who
    spent 13 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit because of bad forensic
    evidence used against her at trial.

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    • 45 min
    Jay Learns that a Pair of Jeans Could Ruin Your Life

    Jay Learns that a Pair of Jeans Could Ruin Your Life

    Host Jay Ellis has dealt with shoplifters first-hand, back when he was a teenaged retail manager at a high-end shoe store. But he never learned about the other side of the story - what motivates people to shoplift and what happens to them if they’re caught. In this episode, Jay learns that people can become convicted felons for stealing as little as $200 in value in some states, because of Felony Theft Thresholds written into state law. Jay hears from people who have first-hand, personal experience dealing with the fallout of felony theft convictions. He also speaks to experts who unpack why these policies aren’t helping anyone. Listeners can learn more about felony theft policies in their own states, and find out what they can do to help increase felony theft thresholds at raisethethreshold.org.

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    • 43 min
    Jay Speaks with Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

    Jay Speaks with Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

    In Episode 1, Jay spoke with Kim Foxx, Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, about her decision to stop pressing felony charges for thefts under $!,000 in her jurisdiction. The conversation was pure gold, but not all of it fit into the episode. So, we’re letting the premium subscribers eavesdrop on the rest of that chat.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
523 Ratings

523 Ratings

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Always learning new stuff here

The Feb 22nd forensics episode !! I learned so much. Thank you Jay!

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Jay is an excellent host and I am learning so much

podcastjac ,

So needed

Second two is awesome

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