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.

Rachel Barkow on Prisoners of Politics

Probable Causation | 27 February 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rachel Barkow about her book Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. Argues that the politicisation of criminal justice policy prevents dispassionate analysis of the facts and produces poor public safety outcomes.

Prisoner Dilemmas

History Extra | 8 August 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Harry Potter, author of Shades of the Prison House: A History of Incarceration in the British Isles. Explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system.