Rattling the Bars

Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote?

October 25, 2019

Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

NYC Council Votes to Build More Jails, Continue Mass Incarceration

October 18, 2019

Eddie Conway speaks with No New Jails organizer Pilar Maschi ahead of the NYC Council jail vote about what grassroots activists can do to continue the fight to keep new jails out of New York City.

California Lawmakers Passed a Bill Banning Private Prisons

October 15, 2019

Activist Amani Sawari talks about what the impact on people in private prisons and immigration detention centers will be if Governor Gavin Newsom signs AB32, which would phase out private prisons by 2028.

With Rikers Island Jail to Close, Activists Fight Against Four New Jails

October 7, 2019

Eddie Conway speaks to Brittany Williams and Ngozi Alston from No New Jails NYC about the four new jails planned for construction in New York in 2020, which have $11 billion earmarked for their construction and will be the tallest jails in the world. They say these will continue the legacy of mass incarceration.

Marilyn Mosby

What Is the Financial Cost to Society of Wrongful Convictions?

October 4, 2019

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s office houses a Conviction Integrity Unit that addresses wrongful convictions. Eddie Conway talked to Marilyn Mosby about their goals for the unit and to Walter Lomax and Michael Austin, both wrongfully convicted and exonerated, about their losses and how the justice system needs to change.

A closeup image of the ankle monitors being worn by five people

Ankle Monitors Continue the Legacy of Mass Incarceration

September 25, 2019

Pre-trial detention has shifted from brick and mortar prisons to ankle monitors for people that have yet to be charged with a crime. Advocates say that it’s an alternative form of incarceration as they see an increasing number of people held without bond.

Challenges Incarcerated Pregnant Women Face are Enormous with Few Reproductive Rights

Incarcerated Pregnant Women Face Enormous Challenges With Few Reproductive Rights

September 11, 2019

Kimberly Haven, Reproductive Justice Inside Coalition Director, talks about the horror stories from pregnant women in prisons that were originally designed for men. Haven talks about what needs to change to protect women and their unborn children that will eventually come home to the community.

Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah El-Amin, Challenges His Imprisonment

Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah El-Amin, Challenges His Imprisonment

August 16, 2019

Kairi Al-Amin, the son of H. Rap Brown, now Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, talks about his father’s case and his appeal because of a prosecutor violating his right not to testify him by questioning during closing arguments. Al-Amin is 75 and with a sentence of life imprisonment

Davey D Talks About Communities Most Affected by Trump's Plans to Resume Federal Death Penalty 

Davey D Talks About Communities Most Affected by Trump’s Plans to Resume Federal Death Penalty 

August 14, 2019

Professor and activist sees Attorney General William Barr and Trump’s interest in reinstating the death penalty as a tool to continue to oppress marginalized communities, including advocating using the death penalty against drug dealers

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