Nearly 2.3 million adults are currently incarcerated in the United States, which represents the highest incarceration rate in the world. How did this come to be? What led to the construction of the carceral state? On today’s episode, we learn about the history of mass incarceration in Los Angeles and beyond with UCLA history professor Kelly […]
Less than a week before the planned start of a nationwide strike in prisons across the United States, several groups working to challenge racism and mass incarceration will host an educational program by racial justice advocates Reggie Jackson and Ben Turk. Strike organizers are calling for peaceful actions like workstoppages, hunger strikes, sit ins and […]
The Wisconsin legislature has again failed to pass an exonerate compensation bill that would increase the compensation for wrongfully convicted persons. Host Gil Halsted speaks with two Wisconsin exonerates, Fred Saecker and Joseph Frye, about their experiences of being wrongfully convicted and eventually freed. Also joining them in the studio is Cristina Bordé, Clinical Instructor at […]
Substitute host Gil Halsted speaks with Jerome Dillard, a lead organizer of Ex-Prisoners Organizing, about advocating for the rights of the incarcerated and the formerly-incarcerated ; and later speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Minnich about her recent book about genocide and how it happens, The Evil of Banality.
Lisa Matteur, an Outreach Librarian at the Madison Public Library and Talib Akbar, a former solitary inmate joined Brian Standing in the WORT studios to talk about the movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Wisconsin.
What’s happening with the Dane County Jail? Is a new prison being built? Is the old prison being renovated? What do prison abolitionists think of the plans? Check out this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!