21 Carrot & Stick – False Confession

In animated conversation with New York State exonerees, Jeffrey Deskovic and David McCallum, who were both charged with murder at age 16, and spent 16 and 29 years in prison, respectively: They talk in depth about the nature of teenage false confession, describing their own experiences, expounding on the red flags that indicate a confession may not be genuine, and outlining laws and procedures that would make false confession by juveniles less likely. Zoe reflects on developmental context. Continue reading


20 Chomping at the Bit

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Frustration is perhaps more acute when there’s a hold-up on the brink of life-altering change, than during decades of hopeless stagnation. As Giovanni Reid waits for things to move on his resentencing, he talks on the phone about his impatience, what he sees happening with other prisoners in his situation, and the benefits of parole for the initial period following release. Meanwhile, he’s busy with trade and re-entry classes, ruefully anticipating not being able to help other prisoners with the legal aspects of their cases, and reflecting on possible employment paths.


3 We call him Jerry – He’s my son

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No-one wants a docked cat that’s been caged for a long time…. except Pop.

We’re in South Philly, and “Pop” Jimmy tells us about his incarcerated son, Giovanni – “Jerry”, and about the effects his youngest son’s arrest, conviction and imprisonment have had on his life. Pop has recently had reason to be hopeful, though, and he has many interesting, poignant and funny stories to tell. We hear Giovanni’s first letter to “juvie”.

Details about Giovanni’s criminal case will come in future episodes – for now, let’s focus on the personalities of father and son. Let’s get to know Pop and “Jerry” first, before we delve into the particulars and circumstances of the crime for which Giovanni was convicted.

Intro/Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Giovanni: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?


2 juvie Preview

cropped-Zoe-Badovinac-juvie-Album-Art-v1-2-2.jpgA collection of soundbites giving a taster of people, subjects and issues to be featured in this podcast that will explore cases, legislation, experiences and ramifications of children and youth in juvenile justice AND adult criminal justice systems. A recurring theme of the show will be the story and developing situation of one particular Pennsylvania prisoner, arrested at 16, tried, convicted, sentenced as an adult.

Intro/Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Pennsylvania prisoner: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?


1 “juvie” – What’s that?

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“juvie” – What’s it mean to you?

Shoppers and stall-holders at a farmers’ market in Maryland give their spontaneous reaction to the word “juvie”.

Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?