70 Million

Series produced by Lantigua Williams & Co.

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70 Million documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards.

70 million Americans older than 18 have a criminal record. 70 Million documents how residents and communities are taking up the challenge of reforms, one jail--and story--at a time. We’ll travel around the country to learn about local efforts in diversion, bail reform, recidivism, and specialty courts--all with the goal of lessening the impact of jails on communities. (This podcast is made possible by a grant from the Safety and Justice Challenge at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.)


31 Pieces

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When jails across the country began releasing thousands of people amid the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, and mass demonstrations against pol...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 36:01
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In California, so-called “quality of life” laws criminalize things like panhandling, living in cars, and blocking sidewalks. Reporter Sarah McClure...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 41:09
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In Alaska, rising violent crime and substance abuse across the state have also increased incarceration rates among Native Americans. Making use of ...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 36:35
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Sean Wesley knew he had Hepatitis C when he started serving his prison sentence in Louisiana, and spent years trying to get treatment. Despite an i...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 33:49
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Over the past few years, voters across the U.S.have elected prosecutors who promised to implement much-needed criminal justice reforms, from decrim...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 31:08
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Kirsten made her way out of jail and addiction with the help of a special court on the Penobscot Nation reservation in Maine. There, culture and ju...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 35:25
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The Trump administration has issued numerous policies to systematically dismantle asylum as a legal right. They're also locking up asylum seekers f...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 45:36
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Reporter Sonia Paul takes us to Detroit, where 80 % of residents are Black, and examines the tools, models and methods changing the nature of polic...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 40:13
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A year ago, Illinois passed a law requiring all jails to ensure that pre-trial detainees have an opportunity to vote. Chicago’s Cook County Jail wa...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 40:06
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James Howard III was arrested this spring and sent to Chicago’s Cook County Jail a few weeks into the state's coronavirus lockdown. Crowded, unsani...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2020
  • Length: 36:32
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Drug felony charges have more than doubled in Colorado as the state faces an opioid crisis. Jail admissions are on the rise in some counties. While...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 30:31
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Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. R...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 27:26
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Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. R...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 32:39
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Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. R...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 38:21
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Comedian Felonious Munk was among the 13,000 formerly incarcerated people whose voting rights Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored in 2018. 7...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 26:41
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At 17, Mark Denny was wrongfully convicted of a rape and robbery in Brooklyn. It took nearly 30 years for that conviction to be overturned -- and i...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 30:41
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Five years after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, they're gaining ...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 38:00
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Tamiki Banks’ life was turned upside down when her husband was arrested, leaving her the sole breadwinner and caregiver to their twins. More than t...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 30:26
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People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, are overrepresented behind bars. One reason is that police officers, lawyer...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 26:10
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For years, to fund itself New Orleans’ criminal legal system has relied on bail, fines and fees levied on the city’s poorest. But there are signs o...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 32:51
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