This week Henry and Colin catch up with AnnLab Civic Media Fellow Josie Duffy Rice to talk about the stories we hear and tell about our criminal justice system, and how we can reframe them to focus on people, not punishment. Josie recalls how her early experiences as a journalist covering public prosecutors quickly made her realize how opaque the system was and how she continues to work to humanize issues of criminal justice reform and abolition through her work as a writer and podcast host on What a Day. We discuss how fictional narratives, like the myriad police procedurals on television, inform much of our common understanding (and mis-understanding) of the issues, and wonder what abolition media might look like, and how it can play a central role in the real work of transitioning our culture toward one where we don’t need police and prisons.
A full transcript of this episode will be available soon!
Here are some of the references from this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:
60 Minutes story about Glenn Ford, wrongly convicted to Death Row
Prosecutor Marty Stroud’s public apology
This episode features clips from:
Friends: Season 7 Episode 11 “The One with all the Cheesecakes” and Season 6 Episode 9 “The One Where Ross Gets High.”
Law & Order SVU: Season 15 Episode 7 “Dissonant Voices”
The Wire: Season 3 Episode 4 “Hamsterdam”
Scandal: Season 4 Episode 14
“In Time” by Dylan Emmett and “Spaceship” by Lesion X.
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Spaceship by Lesion X https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeats
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