Prison Breakdown


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Prison Breakdown explores the past, present, and potential futures of mass incarceration, blending cutting edge academic research with the perspectives of people with direct experience with the criminal justice system.  Host Nicole Solomon Lindahl coordinated a college program inside San Quentin prison for four years and holds a PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy.  Her research focuses on the life histories of men convicted of violent crimes who served long prison sentences under mass incarceration. 

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This Is Your Brain On Drugs

Airs at: Fri, 11/17/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Prison Breakdown
This meaty episode digs into the modern escalation of the War on Drugs through a rhetorical analysis of the 1989 National Drug Control Strategy, a review of the concrete policing and sentencing policies which lead to the exponential rise in prison populations, and a ground-... Read more

"Slavery Didn't End; It Evolved"

Airs at: Fri, 11/10/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
Produced for Prison Breakdown
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To understand why mass incarceration is the racial justice issue of our time, we must situate the exponential growth of the prison system within the historical legacy of slavery. The first half of this episode traces the evolution of slavery from the Reconstruction Era thro... Read more

Mass Incarceration 101

Airs at: Fri, 11/03/2017 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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What does the term "mass incarceration" actually refer to?  Are private prisons the driving force behind rising prison populations, or is there more at work?  And what is the difference between prison and jail, anyway?  In this pilot episode, Nicole introduces herself and a... Read more