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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?” br/ br/ Marc Mauer,…

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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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    Prison Sentencing Reform

    Vikrant Reddy talked about his Right on Crime think tank’s proposal for reducing federal prison populations and spending by improving monitoring and supervision programs. Under…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines, including a special line for those who had been jailed for drug crimes, were open for viewer comments on the topic of Attorney General Eric Holder’s endorsement of a…

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    Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

    Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels testified at a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The U.S. holds more prisoners in isolation than any other…

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    Gender and Incarceration

    A panel of advocates for the rights of incarcerated women discussed that women were the fasted growing group of incarcerated people in the United States. The panel of black women, some…

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    Reforming Prison Sentencing

    Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, talked about the changing political climate for criminal justice reform and why he believes the expanding growth and cost of the…

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    Federal Prisons and Sentencing

    The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons testified on ways to reduce prison system costs incurred by repeat offenders. The second panel included state officials and experts on the…

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    Book Discussion on Dark Spaces

    Author and Historian Ellen Baumler talked about her book, Dark Spaces: Montana’s Historic Penitentiary at Deer Lodge, in which she chronicles the history of the Montana…

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    Book Discussion on A Low Dirty Place

    Rebecca Morris talked about her book A Low, Dirty Place: The Parole Camps of Annapolis, MD 1862-1865, about the Union parolees that arrived in Annapolis from Confederate prison camps during…

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    After Words with Joshua Dubler

    Joshua Dubler talked about his book, Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison, in which he chronicles a week in the lives of Christian and Muslim prisoners, who make their…

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