Criminal (In)Justice

with David A. Harris

Season 4 Launched Sept. 8!

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Episode 63


Mass incarceration in the U.S. created crisis conditions in prisons everywhere, and modern prison systems now have to address much more than just locking inmates up. 

State Corrections Secretary John Wetzel explains the unique challenges of providing for Pennsylvania's inmate population, and what his team does to get them ready for life on the outside.

Wetzel is the Secretary of Corrections for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He came to the job in 2010 after decades as a corrections officer, counselor, trainer, and warden.


Bonus: (Russian) Signals and Counter-Signals


Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is teaming up with the New York Attorney General's office. What does it mean for the investigation into the Trump White House's Russia connection?

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Episode 62


Killings of unarmed black people by police have worsened historically troubled police-community relations. Until recently, little research existed that might help explain this or improve the situation. Social psychologists have created work that helps us understand why things go wrong in policing, what role race plays, and how we can do better.

Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff is the Thomas Professor of Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity. He's one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field.

Keep up with his work on the National Justice Database here.

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After riots erupted Ferguson in 2014, investigations revealed that the entire criminal justice system in St. Louis County – not just the police department – levied massive amounts of fines and fees on its poorest citizens in order to fund itself.  It was a wake-up call, but one organization had been in place working on these issues for five years.

Thomas Harvey is one of the co-founders and the executive director of the Arch City Defenders, an organization he helped build to take on systemic injustices and defend those who couldn’t get help elsewhere.