Rattling the Bars

Tupac Shakur's Commitment to Resistance and Revolution Began in Baltimore

Tupac Shakur’s Commitment to Resistance and Revolution Began in Baltimore

July 7, 2019

In celebration of Black Music Month, we honored Tupac Shakur whose commitment to resistance and revolution was fostered in Baltimore. Interviews include Marc Steiner a former teacher of his and author John Potash about the FBI targeting of both Tupac Shakur and his mother Black Panther leader Afeni Shakur

Victor Pate Leads Hunger Strike for Solitary Confinement Reform in New York

Victor Pate Leads Hunger Strike for Solitary Confinement Reform in New York 

July 2, 2019

Eddie Conway talks to Pate, the statewide organizer for New York’s Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, about the demands they are making to state lawmakers to bring the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act to the floor to vote

DA Krasner Drops Challenge: Most Significant Ruling in Mumia's Case in Years

DA Krasner Drops Challenge: Most Significant Ruling in Mumia’s Case in Years

May 2, 2019

A few weeks ago Philadelphia District Attorney agreed to drop his challenge for Mumia to be able to appeal his case. Dr. Michael Schiffmann says this is the most significant ruling since a federal judge ordered the state to give Mumia hepatitis C treatment.  Mumia is now open to argue his appeal case before the…

With 60,000 Youth Incarcerated Daily, Which Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism?

With 60,000 Youth Incarcerated Daily, Which Reentry Programs Reduce Recidivism?

May 1, 2019

An October 2017 study found the most potent predictor of recidivism was being a Black male, even though Black men had less contact with the criminal justice system and few of the risk factors traditionally associated with recidivism. Juvenile re-entry is the focus of this episode examining programs that work like Lamont Carey’s Contact Visits…

What California's Death Penalty Moratorium Means For The Marginalized

What California’s Death Penalty Moratorium Means For The Marginalized

April 4, 2019

Davey D discusses Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order and California’s prison industrial complex—from Tookie Williams to Prop 66

Prison Reformer Faces Challenges in Council Race

Prison Reformer Faces Challenges in Council Race

March 26, 2019

Chris Ervin knows firsthand the challenges of reforming the prison system. He spent time in prison and now has his own re-entry program where he trains former prisoners in the trucking industry and getting their commercial driver’s licenses. He faces unique challenges in his run for city council in unifying diverse neighborhoods such as Roland…

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

Court Decision Likely Win for Mumia, Says his Former Lawyer

January 15, 2019

Mumia’s former lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein gives clarity to new events in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case, whereby Mumia has been granted appeal rights. Mumia’s lawyers argued that Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille should not have presided over Abu-Jamal’s appeals because of a conflict of interest. Castille was formerly Philadelphia’s district attorney whose office fought to keep the…

Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal (DH 1/7 8:59pm)

Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal Granted Right Of Appeal

January 8, 2019

The world’s most renowned death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has been granted the right of appeal after 30 years.  Eddie Conway, former Black Panther wrongfully convicted and Imprisoned for 44 years himself, now released, discusses Mumia’s case with Scholar Anthony Monteiro

Prison Programs That Work

Prison Programs That Work

December 30, 2018

Even though the cost of educating prisoners is less than housing prisoners and reduces recidivism, the federal government cut the Pell grant which helped to fund educational programs in prison. Recidivism is the goal for corporations that continue to fund prison labor. However, volunteers continue to create programs that work, but which need funding to…

Trump's Criminal Justice Reform Act Is a Meaningless Smoke Screen

Trump's Criminal Justice Reform Act Is a Meaningless Smoke Screen

December 18, 2018
Congress's Criminal Justice Reform Act boosts privatization, fails to dismantle mass incarceration, nor does it implement sentencing reform. We speak to Eddie Conway and Natasha Pratt Harris about the proposed reform