Millions of Americans with felony convictions are banned from voting, including in the upcoming November election, according to a new study from The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice nonprofit.

Titled “Locked Out,” the study estimates that 5.2 million people across the country have had their voting rights stripped as a…


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One of the foremost experts on correctional health services warned of a “very perilous and looming threat” inside American correctional facilities…


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Welcome to News Beat, an award-winning podcast that mixes hard-hitting, social justice journalism with music to uniquely examine some of the most pressing issues facing society. Each episode features interviews from well-known voices — ranging from activists to scholars to journalists — set to music, interspersed with powerful, original…


Welcome to News Beat, an award-winning podcast that mixes hard-hitting, social justice journalism with music to uniquely examine some of the most pressing issues facing society. …


Chesa Boudin (left) is a career public defender. His election as San Francisco District Attorney signals the so-called “progressive prosecutor” movement is resonating. (Photo credit: Boudin 4DA)

Chesa Boudin, the deputy public defender in San Francisco who ran a progressive campaign promising to dismantle the city’s mass incarceration apparatus, was elected district attorney. He was featured prominently in our episode “Restorative Justice: Healing Instead of Incarceration.”

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The hotly contested race pitted Boudin, whose parents were incarcerated when he was a year old, against three other competitors, including Suzy Loftus, who served four years as the president of the San Francisco Police…


News Beat is an award-winning podcast that mixes hard-hitting, social justice journalism with music to uniquely examine some of the most pressing issues facing society. Each episode features interviews from well-known voices — ranging from activists to scholars to journalists — set to music, interspersed with powerful, original lyrics crafted…


Criminal justice reform has emerged as a pressing issue across the country. Almost all the top-performing presidential hopefuls for the Democratic Party nomination have released their plans to reform America’s massive justice system. …


President Trump announcing the First Step Act at the White House. (Credit: White House)

Welcome to News Beat, an award-winning social justice podcast. This is a special bonus episode on criminal justice reform, poverty, and felony disenfranchisement in Florida. You can listen directly on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts. …


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Anyone familiar with the Australian drama “Secret City” — a political thriller set in the nation’s capital city of Canberra — would likely recall its pressure-packed first season culminating in a sleuthing journalist’s imprisonment due to the passage of a draconian national security law.

A fictional series, it seems life…


This episode of News Beat podcast was created in partnership with The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization based in New York City dedicated to award-winning journalism covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Visit its site to read more of TMP’s work and its series about prison reform in The Golden State, aptly titled “The California Experiment.”

California has positioned itself at the epicenter of a growing movement to reform the criminal justice system, representing a seismic shift for a state that spent previous decades exponentially increasing its prison population.

What began as a response to court intervention, including a U.S. Supreme Court mandate to substantially…

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