Justice and Retribution

Hi-Phi Nation | 27 June 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Considers the arguments for and against eliminating punishment from the justice system. Ranges across the denial that we have free will, the view that perpetuating injustice disqualifies the state from punishing, and arguments for the necessity of retributive punishment. Considers whether any of us have the right to punish anyone else, and questions the very purpose of the criminal justice system.

The Transformative Power of Restorative Justice

The Ezra Klein Show | 18 June 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sujatha Baliga, director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice. Advocates for criminal justice focused on repairing breaches rather than exacting retribution. Restorative justice asks: Who was harmed? What do they need? And whose obligation is it to meet those needs? This delivers profoundly different results, both for victims and perpetrators, with more satisfied survivors, reduced recidivism, and lower costs.

A Former Prosecutor’s Case for Prison Abolition

The Ezra Klein Show | 8 June 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Butler about ideas to do with his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. Argues that the chokehold is a metaphor for understanding how racial oppression functions in the US criminal justice system – coercing submission that is self-reinforcing. Makes the case that the criminal legal system is not broken and in need of repair; but is working exactly as designed, and needs to be completely reimagined.

Decriminalising Domestic Violence

Big Ideas | 19 February 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leigh Goodmark about her book Decriminalizing Domestic Violence. Argues that the criminal justice system, with its emphasis on incarceration, fails to protect women and doesn’t address the causes of male violence, or coercive and controlling behaviour.

Coming to Terms with the Holocaust with Mary Fulbrook

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 17 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mary Fulbrook about her book Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice. Fulbrook argues that the West German justice process was far too lenient on many ex-Nazis, who had condemned thousands or even hundreds of thousands to their death. Discusses the justice process, what drove people to commit war crimes, and what stopped people from resisting them.

Jennifer Doleac on Criminal Justice

The Neoliberal Podcast | 17 September 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist Jennifer Doleac discussing the field of criminal justice research. Covers the state of criminal justice technology, which criminal justice reforms work and which have backfired.

Robin Steinberg’s Passionate Quest to Reform Cash Bail

The TED Interview | 20 November 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with public defense lawyer Robin Steinberg about the fund she set up to pay bail for those unable to make bail. Makes the case that poor people plead guilty when innocent to avoid returning to jail when they can’t fund bail. Backed up with compelling statistics.

Jennifer Doleac on Crime

EconTalk | 21 January 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jennifer Doleac about research on crime, police, and the unexpected consequences of the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include legislation banning asking job applicants if they’ve been in prison, body cameras for police, the use of DNA databases, the use of Naloxone to prevent death from opioid overdose, and the challenges of being an economist who thinks about crime using the economist’s toolkit.