23 Invitation to Step Outside

We talk on the phone to Giovanni Reid, our featured juvenile lifer, in the morning and afternoon of December 22nd. Things are starting to move for juvenile lifers in general, and for Giovanni in particular. He has now been given another date to look forward to, apart from his next status hearing on January 13th – and it isn’t Christmas. He might need some more boxes……..

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?

22 Checkpoint Correctional & Checkpoint Status

Negotiating the prison-visiting entry procedure is a grim and unforgiving experience. After getting over the access hurdles, we visit with featured juvenile lifer, Giovanni Reid, at Graterford State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, and discover that the atmosphere in the prisoners’ confined basement visiting room is more congenial than in the open reception area, upstairs. Giovanni is hearty, healthy and upbeat, belying the oppressive environment in which he has lived for the past 25 years. Continue reading

17 Going Mainstream – Giovanni’s TV Debut


We expand upon and review the ABC27 News recent television piece on Pennsylvania juvenile lifers’ resentencing and possible release following a January Supreme Court ruling, for which Giovanni Reid was interviewed by the channel’s anchor, Dennis Owens. In conversation with La Tasha Williams, we talk about how the public might have received the piece, and the drawback of juxtaposing the broader issue of juvenile lifers being released with Giovanni’s personal story of his innocence claim on a short, quick-fired 5-minute TV slot. We also have a bit of fun with Dennis Owens’ naming of this podcast!

13 Always, Giovanni – Letter from Giovanni Reid


An incarcerated podcast listener, a scuppered prison visit, inappropriate attire, and some lifer literature.

We relate some of the logistics and drawbacks of visiting the incarcerated. Meanwhile, Giovanni Reid continues to keep up with our coverage of his case, and to keep us informed about juvenile-lifer news.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?; It’s Like Trying to Speak Swahili with Gandhi

7 Juvenile Justice News Roundup

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Release of Tyrone Jones after 43 years; Adnan Syed prosecutor, Thiru Vignarajah leaving position as Maryland Assistant Attorney General; Overturning of Brendan Dassey conviction appealed by State of Wisconsin; Slender Man girls enter pleas of “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect”.

Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis