Episode 6: Ida B. Wells

Episode 6: Ida B. Wells

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Co-published with WNYC Studios. Ida B. Wells is in some ways a forgotten figure, but her reporting on lynchings across the South was unwavering in its mission: calling America out on racial injustice.

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosIn many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitary. In this episode, WNYC teams up with The Marshall Project to investigate how widespread the practice remains.

Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosPolicy experts even use the term "sexual abuse to prison pipeline," and they say it’s why incarcerating a young girl perpetuates more negative behavior and makes it harder to exit the system. 

Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosDesperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. For a young person named James, this type of intervention in his teenage years was life-changing.

Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosStatus offenses are designed to keep at risk youth safe, but in practice, they can also become a pipeline into the juvenile justice system for kids who might otherwise not end up there.

 

Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosStephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty.

Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

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Co-published with WNYC Studios. Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. Like many young people who struggle with mental illness, "the incident" pushed Honor into the criminal justice system.

Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosAt age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice.

Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosIn our first episode, we met Z. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges since he was small, and when he's gotten the support he needs, he has thrived. Inside lock up, that support is complicated.

Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

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Co-published with WNYC StudiosRoughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll listen as some of those young people tell their stories over nine episodes.

In Baltimore, More Employers are Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

In Baltimore, More Employers are Hiring Formerly Incarcerated People

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Co-published with PBS NewsHour. Having a criminal record haunts the resumes of millions of Americans, but a four-year-old program in Baltimore is changing the odds for ex-offenders.