Max Kenner on Crime, Education, and the Bard Prison Initiative

EconTalk | 29 March 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Kenner, the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which was profiled in a four-part PBS documentary, College Behind Bars. Discusses the program, which replicates the coursework of students at Bard College to offer college degrees to prisoners. Kenner talks about the origins of the program, what students experience, and the injustice he sees in both the criminal justice system and the educational system in the United States.

Revisiting Just Mercy (with Bryan Stevenson)

Stay Tuned with Preet | 26 December 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Stevenson about his memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, also released as a movie. Discusses his work as a civil rights attorney representing death row prisoners, and challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.

Shona Minson on Children of Imprisoned Mothers

Social Science Bites | 2 October 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shona Minson about her research on the effect on children of their mothers being imprisoned. Also describes her advocacy with a UK Parliamentary enquiry, which led to new guidelines aimed at strengthening female offenders’ family and other relationships.

Note that NZ Māori women are, per capita, the most imprisoned indigenous women in the world.

David Skarbek on the Social Order of Prisons

Probable Causation | 15 December 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Skarbek about his book The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World. Explores how the shape of prison social order emerges in response to such factors as prison size and how well prisoners know each other and their reputations.

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.