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    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Nick Gillette gave a tour the world’s first “penitentiary,” opened in 1829 by the state of Pennsylvania. The prison was a new experiment in reform of criminals and…

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    Prison Reform and Police Reform

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik talked by remote video from New York City about his book, From Jailer to Jailed, in which he detailed his 2010 guilty plea to making…

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Sentencing and Corrections

    Fred Patrick talked about the sentencing and correction reform efforts at the federal and state level. Mr. Patrick said that the prison population has seen a 700 percent increase…

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    Transforming Felons into Entrepreneurs

    Catherine Hoke talked about the work her organization, Defy Ventures, does to help convicted drug dealers and gang members launch businesses after they leave prison. This was part of the…

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    Juvenile Justice System Alternatives

    Stacy Teicher Khadaroo talked about her Christian Science Monitor article, “Keeping Kids From Crime: How Alternatives to Lockups Are Changing Juvenile Justice,” on the juvenile…

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    Incarceration Rates in the U.S.

    Christine Leonard discusses a bipartisan effort by the newly formed Coalition for Public Safety to reduce the level of incarceration across the U.S. The coalition consists of several…

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    Corrections Act and Prison Reform

    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a news conference about prison reform. They spoke about re-introducing the next day the Corrections Oversight,…

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    Private Immigration Detention Facilities

    Panelist discussed the work of private contractors in providing detention facilities for immigrants and the work of charitable groups for detainees. “Private Detention Facilities and…

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    Book Discussion on Bad Boy From Rosebud

    Gary Lavergne talked about his book, Bad Boy from Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff, about the reasons behind Mr. McDuff’s release from prison and how his case…

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    U.S. Prison System

    Maya Schenwar talked about her book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work, in which she discusses the U.S. prison system and argues that it makes the country less safe.…

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    Book Discussion on Exonerated

    Joyce King talked about her book, Exonerated: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom, in which she looks at the life of James Woodward, a man who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 27 years…

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    Felony Voting Laws

    Marc Mauer joined by telephone to discuss laws that bar an estimated six million convicted felons from voting. He described the variety of state laws, the effect they have on…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines, including a line for convicted felons, were open for viewer commentary on the question: “Should Convicted Felons Have the Right to Vote?” Marc Mauer, executive…

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    Book Discussion on The Wrong Carlos and Getting Life

    James Liebman, author of The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, and Michael Morton, author of Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace, talked…

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    Book Discussion on Spirituality in Dark Places

    Derek Jeffreys talked about his book, Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement, in which he discusses the physical and psychological effects of long-term solitary…

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    Prison Incarceration Rates

    Panelists, including ex-convicts and a former prison warden, talked about the large and growing number of people incarcerated in America. They discussed reasons for the large numbers…

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    Book Discussion on From the Block to the Boardroom

    Tracey Syphax, an ex-offender turned businessperson, talked about ending mass incarceration through educating the community on proper re-entry tools and entrepreneurship for former…

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    Criminal Justice and Prison Reform

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik talked by video link from New York City about criminal justice and prison reform issues. Mr. Kerik served as an interim…

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    Justice Department Clemency Guidelines

    Aruna Viswanatha spoke by phone about Justice Department clemency guidelines.

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on the Justice Department’s new plan that would provide a path to clemency for convicted drug offenders. Aruna Viswanatha also spoke…

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