20 episodes

"What Chance?" hosted by Karin Elias takes a deeper look into the life and background of people who have been to prison. Here you find conversations with educators, psychologists, thinkers and the formerly incarcerated around the nature of punishment, the high number of POC in prison and the possibility of rehabilitation in the current structure of society.

"What Chance?‪"‬ Karin Elias

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"What Chance?" hosted by Karin Elias takes a deeper look into the life and background of people who have been to prison. Here you find conversations with educators, psychologists, thinkers and the formerly incarcerated around the nature of punishment, the high number of POC in prison and the possibility of rehabilitation in the current structure of society.

    From illegal hustler to legitimate salesman

    From illegal hustler to legitimate salesman

    Meet Joe, a father who spent 14 years in prison and missed the childhood of his sons.
    Violence was part of his life before prison and continued to affect him inside prison. Joe had to consciously step away from the life he knew, he had to leave his circle of friends in order to survive and take part in his children's life.
    Listen to Joe talk about his journey of rehabilitation and what helped him pivot and become the son able to take care of his mother and run a small business in California.

    • 46 min
    Your probation officer will see you now

    Your probation officer will see you now

    Meet Edward Smith.
    When Edward was a young dad, he decided to join law enforcement to help keep his neighborhood safe. He spent several years as probation and parole officer, tracking down people who committed crimes, trying to support them on their journey of rehabilitation.
    He discovered that poverty, a lack of education and jobs often contributed to the reasons why people went to jail. He wanted to help people get out of this cycle and improve their life by taking charge of their finances.
    Listen to Edward share his experiences, the ups and downs and dangers of the profession and the journey he went on to be of service to his community.
    If you would like to connect with Edward you can do this here:
    linkedin.com/in/edward-smith-i-i-016aba83

    And please share this episode with your friends and write a review if you enjoyed it.
    You can follow us on Instagram @whatchancepodcast.

    • 38 min
    (Not) Guilty!

    (Not) Guilty!

    Imagine - you are 17, a crime is committed in your town and you want to help the police.
    Weeks later you end up as a suspect, are arrested and go to trial for Murder!
    Even though you didn't commit the crime you spend years in prison. Not Possible you thinK?
    Listen to Jeff tell his story, because that's what happened to him. He was wrongfully convicted and it took him many years to prove his innocence. How is that possible in a Justice system?
    What is the effect on an innocent young person in an adult prison? How does one survive and stay mentally sane when nobody believes you?
    Jeffrey managed not only to survive but to come back home, become a lawyer and start a foundation to help other wrongfully convicted Individuals.

    You can donate here: https://www.deskovicfoundation.org

    Please write a review if you enjoyed this podcast and follow us on Instagram @whatchancepodcast

    • 56 min
    That's not Normal!

    That's not Normal!

    You would think that defending yourself is not a crime.
    Well, that was not Glenn's experience. He ended up in prison for 17 years witnessing violence that traumatized him. He saw his children grow up from a distance, missing years of his freedom he can never get back.
    Listen to Glenn talk about how he kept himself sane and what is helping him on his healing journey.
    ***Some of the events are deeply emotional and upsetting***

    Here's the link to glenn's book:
    https://www.amazon.com/Donovans-Charge-Drama-3-Rings/dp/0692543139/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=donovan+charge%2C+glenn+cox&qid=1637678621&s=books&sr=1-1
    If you like this podcast please write a review and give us some stars.
    Follow us on Instagram @whatchancepodcast

    • 43 min
    Nobody thinks about the moms

    Nobody thinks about the moms

    April's teenage son is incarcerated in an adult prison. As a mother she is doing time as well.
    Noel works for RAPP - Release Aging People in Prison. Her focus is on parole reform.

    April and Noel met through their advocacy for prison reform. In this interview they explain the challenges of dealing with the current criminal justice system, what rehabilitation could look like and why it is so important that we care about how people are treated during incarceration.

    For more information check https://rappcampaign.com

    Please leave a review if you found this episode interesting, tell others about it and follow us on Instagram @Whatchancepodcast.

    • 58 min
    Cries for Change - Shawanna

    Cries for Change - Shawanna

    Shawanna was born in prison, grew up in foster care, lost a brother to gang initiation violence and experienced incarceration.
    She is the author of "Cries for Change", the story of how she overcame her hardships.
    She turned tragedy into healing by forming Silent Cry, Inc a New York based nonprofit that takes a holistic approach to aftercare from mass incarceration, gun violence and trauma.

    Listen to my conversation with Shawanna where she shares her experience, talks about the problems with punishment and the need for rehabilitation.
    You can find more info at https://silentcryinc.org

    Please write us a review if you enjoyed this podcast and follow us on Instagram @whatchancepodcast

    • 31 min

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