Decarceration Nation Episode 13: Chain Gang

Josh and Joel discuss the systems of prison employment for inmates inside America’s prisons and jails. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/26f4fc4b.mp3 Notes From Episode 13 Preview Equal Pay Day & Prison Employment It is interesting to me that we are releasing this episode on equal pay day. Not because I want to distract from women’s equal pay […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 12: Prison Food

Josh and Joel discuss the never-ending problems with prison food  and Jail food in America. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/7ba5079d.mp3 Notes From Episode 12 Preview Legal Corruption The story about the Alabama Sheriff who spent money allocated for food for his jail prisoners to buy a beach house is pretty unbelievable but 100% true. Brown Bagging It […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 11: Mental Health

Josh and Joel discuss mental health care in America’s Jails and Prisons. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/17c60734.mp3 Notes From Episode 11 Preview Mental Health In Prisons and Jails The Bureau of Justice Statistics article details the high prevalence of mental health problems in prisons and jails. Michigan C.A.R.E.S Task Force The results of the Michigan House C.A.R.E.S. […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 9: My CSC

Josh and Joel discuss Josh’s history and CSC criminal background.. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/c170636a.mp3 Notes From Episode 9 Context There won’t be too many notes since this episode is mostly personal reflections but I will add some context. I said a lot of terrible things in chat but the description of where and how that happened […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 7: Indigent Defense

Josh and Joel discuss the problems with indigent defense and pre-sentencing investigations. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/78c117c7.mp3 Atticus Finch The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is available at bookstores and the movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is considered a modern classic. Pre-Sentencing Investigations When I discuss Pre-Sentencing Investigations with other formerly incarcerated […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 6: Plea Bargains

Josh and Joel discuss the problems with Plea Bargains. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/d938006f.mp3 Notes From Episode 6 A Brighter Way My friend Aaron’s organization is called “A Brighter Way” and we are also both involved with Michigan’s Nation Outside. The Judge Rakoff quote was found in this New York Review of Books article. You Can’t Handle […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 5: Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Josh interviews Lauren-Brooke Eisen of the Brennan Center for Justice about her new book “Inside Private Prisons.” Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/e7f81a98.mp3 My Guest Lauren-Brooke Eisen is a Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. Notes From Episode 5 Inside Private Prisons Virtually all of the questions that I asked were inspired by what I found […]

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Decarceration Nation Episode 4: Cash Bail

Josh and Joel discuss America’s unjust, and racially disparate, system of Cash Bail. Full Episode https://audio.simplecast.com/08bf6cfb.mp3 Notes From Episode 4 Bonus Cash Bail Article Since this episode posted, I wrote this long discussion of the need for bail reform on the Medium platform. The Duke Midnight Run was a movie about a bail bondsman (Robert DiNero) hunting […]

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