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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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    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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    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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    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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    U.S. Prison System Overcrowding

    Marc Mauer and Richard Viguerie talked about America’s overcrowded prison system, which had raised cause for concern for both liberal and conservative groups. The roundtable…

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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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    Open Phones On Federal Sentencing and Prison Policy

    Telephone lines are open following Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of new drug sentencing guidelines.

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    Federal Sentencing and Prison Policy

    Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about federal prision policy at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting. In his remarks he called for major changes in the federal…

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    Corrections Reform

    Governors shared best practices and approaches to improving the corrections system and helping releases become productive members of society. Steve Aos gave a presentation on reducing…

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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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    Housing for Former Inmates

    Faye Taxman talked about halfway houses, the reentry housing centers for former inmates. She detailed concerns over lax regulation of the homes and other problems, and she also…

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    Breaking Our Addiction to Incarceration

    Vanita Gupta, ACLU Deputy Legal Director is also Director of the organization Center for Justice, which addresses systemic problems in the U.S. criminal justice system, including the…

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    Book Discussion on Life After Death

    Author Damien Echols talked about his book, Life After Death, in which he recalls his arrest, incarceration, and eventual release for the murder of three, eight-year old boys in 1993.…

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    Willie Horton

    Journalist Barbara Walsh talked about her time as a reporter at the Eagle-Tribune covering the Willie Horton trial and subsequent escape from prison. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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    Book Discussion on A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

    Reginald Dwayne Betts talked about his book, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison. He was interviewed by CeaseFire Violence Interrupter Eduardo…

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    James Earl Ray Documents

    Missouri State Archivist John Dougan gave a tour of the state archives, focusing on their records on the incarceration of James Earl Ray. After his 1967 escape from the Missouri State…

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    Missouri State Penitentiary

    Mark Schreiber gave a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary where he served as a deputy warden until the building, the oldest operating penal facility west of the Mississippi…

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    U.S. Prison Population

    James Lynch and Michael Jacobson talked about population trends in U.S. federal and state prisons, jails, and people on parole and probation. Topics included the size and growth of the…

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