19 Thanksgiving in Prison

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Giovanni Reid, our featured juvenile lifer, talks to juvie on the phone about what Thanksgiving is like in prison, the foods he remembers, his memory of his last Thanksgiving dinner outside prison in 1990, what Thanksgiving has meant to him since that time, and what he is thankful for this year.


17 Going Mainstream – Giovanni’s TV Debut

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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!


14 Juvenile Justice News Roundup

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Trial date set for Virginia’s lunchtime milk grabber; Juvenile Law Center examines “debtors’ prison for kids”; DC and California support laws promoting rehabilitation over incarceration for juveniles and young adult offenders; California seeks to standardize juvenile justice-related data collection.

Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis


13 Always, Giovanni – Letter from Giovanni Reid

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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


11 Youth Justice Awareness Month – Marcy Mistrett Interview

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A summons to Action in spreading Awareness about juvenile justice!

Did you know that in the United States, children who commit crimes, whatever their age, start out automatically in the adult criminal justice system, and that most defense attorneys who work with children and youth have no specialist knowledge or training in child and adolescent developmental factors? Did you know that a 12-year-old will be completely cut off from any parental access if they are processed through the adult system?

If you would like to know what really goes on when children and youth come into contact with the American criminal justice system, listen in. You are bound to learn a thing or few that will surprise, and even shock you.

We talk to Marcy Mistrett, CEO at the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington DC, a national advocacy organization committed to ending the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of children and youth in the adult criminal justice system. Every year, in October, CFYJ  promotes Youth Justice Awareness Month. We talk about some of the juvenile justice issues important for public awareness.

For more information on how you can participate and initiate events, even if it’s just in your living room:    http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/yjam/

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?Crayon Thesis


10 Juvenile Justice News Roundup

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News about our upcoming trip to Pennsylvania; Adnan Syed amicus brief; juvenile justice reform bills and policy platforms

Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis

Sources:

Business Insider; Juvenile Justice information Exchange; Slate; The Chronicle of Social Change; The Huffington Post; The Marshall Project; Watchdog


8 Cordless and Empowered – Tyrone Jones

dsc06176-copyWe talk to Tyrone Jones, speaking on a cordless phone, sitting in the backyard of his new home in Chester County PA, 11 days after his release from 43 years in a Pennsylvania prison. Cordless phones, cell phones, the internet, email – it’s all new technology for Ty, but he’s gradually getting to grips with these tools that facilitate his new power for self-determination.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?


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


6 Always, Giovanni – Letter from Giovanni Reid

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A brief letter exchange with our featured juvenile lifer, Giovanni Reid.

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

 


4 Juvenile Justice News Roundup

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Juvenile justice trends, court rulings, research, hot-button issues, and juvenile cases currently in the media

Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis


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?