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Unprisoned: Stories From The System

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From New Orleans and Louisiana, the world’s incarceration capital, we will meet those serving time inside and outside the criminal justice system. 711070

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From New Orleans and Louisiana, the world’s incarceration capital, we will meet those serving time inside and outside the criminal justice system. 711070

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Great reporting.

By Ella in NOLA - Jun 08 2016
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Fascinating, a deep dive into the rippling impact of mass incarceration.

Great work!

By Leah Jaq - Mar 17 2016
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I enjoy listening to these interesting and often untold stories. Thanks Eve!

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
1
1
1
0

Great reporting.

By Ella in NOLA - Jun 08 2016
Read more
Fascinating, a deep dive into the rippling impact of mass incarceration.

Great work!

By Leah Jaq - Mar 17 2016
Read more
I enjoy listening to these interesting and often untold stories. Thanks Eve!

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Unprisoned: Stories From The System

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From New Orleans and Louisiana, the world’s incarceration capital, we will meet those serving time inside and outside the criminal justice system. 711070

Security And Discipline In New Orleans Charter Schools Makes Many Students Feel Unsafe - 10

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Asha Lane is an 18-year-old senior at the International High School of New Orleans, a charter high school. Asha wanted to find out why New Orleans charter schools don’t always feel nurturing. We live in a dangerous city, but when does security feel unsafe?

May 11 2016

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These young New Orleans dancers want the police to know they are not a threat - 9

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In the last few years, powerful images of police interacting violently with African Americans -- usually men, or teenagers, or even children -- have been on the news, all over the world. In these images, black men are getting shot or choked or hauled away in handcuffs. There are others too, memorial photographs from happier times: of young boys with plump cheeks or wearing graduation caps. Photographs of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald – the list goes on.

Apr 27 2016

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As New Orleans Incarcerates More People, More Children Have A Parent Behind Bars - 12

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Over the last forty years, as incarceration has surged across the nation, so has the number of children with a family member in prison. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the number of young people with a father in prison rose 500 percent between 1980 and 2000.

Jun 08 2016

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The Listening Post Asks: What Do Jails And Prisons Do?

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The Listening Post is back collecting thoughts and experiences from communities around New Orleans on a new series of issues. The past month we’ve been collaborating with Independent radio producer Eve Abrams and her Unprisoned project.

Apr 21 2016

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What Does 'Adult' Mean In The Eyes Of The Law? In La., Many People Are Working To Change It - 11

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At all levels of government right now, laws about juveniles are rapidly changing. However, some states, including Louisiana, continue to prosecute and sentence juveniles for sentences of life without parole.

May 25 2016

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This Louisiana mother waits, and paints, and strives to free her son - 6

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What do you do when a member of your family is locked up for a crime you are sure he didn’t commit? Sheila Phipps paints.

Mar 16 2016

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Bring Your Own and Unprisoned Present: 'Pig Tales'

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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This Bring Your Own story was produced as part of Unprisoned , a project of WWNO and Finding America . It was told on March 3 , 2016 at the Michalopoulos Studio, and later produced by Karen Gardner. The theme of the evening was "Born on Parole," and Jabari Brown won with his story called "Pig Tales." The next BYO will take place Thursday April 21 at the Jazz and Heritage Center on Rampart Street. More at bringyourownstories.com . Unprisoned: Stories From The System is produced by Eve Abrams and brought to you by New Orleans Public Radio and Finding America , a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated, and with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the

Mar 10 2016

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Black families in New Orleans live in constant fear of having their young men put in jail - 5

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Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. That means more families have a loved one behind bars than in any other place.

Mar 02 2016

9mins

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A New Orleans rabbi and her congregants are starting new conversations about mass incarceration - 7

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We are all living with mass incarceration one way or another. It affects everyone, passively or actively. I was recently sitting in the beautiful sanctuary of Touro Synagogue in Uptown New Orleans. It was Yom Kippur, and when I looked down at the holiday bulletin, there was a posting — about mass incarceration. It was an invitation to learn about the issue.

Mar 30 2016

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Jahi Salaam, A Young New Orleans Poet, Raps About Prison, School And Poverty - 8

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“If you grew up struggling, then you my audience,” says Jahi Salaam, an 18-year-old rapper and a poet. Jahi is from New Orleans. His first name, Jahi, means dignity in Swahili. His last name means peace. When Jahi talks about poverty, school, and prison, he says: they’re all intertwined. This is Unprisoned. I’m Eve Abrams.

Apr 13 2016

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This 'Bad Child' Became A Judge With A Passion For Justice

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If there’s one person in New Orleans – in the world of criminal justice – that you really ought to meet, it’s this guy.

Apr 18 2018

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Pioneering Female Police Officer Repaired Bonds Through Talent Shows

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“Our uniforms were completely different from the men’s uniforms,” recalls Yvonne Bechet, one of the first female officers in the New Orleans Police Department. “We wore skirts. We wore one-inch heels. We wore the cutest little sailor hats, but it didn’t stay on. And we carried our weapons in a purse."

Apr 11 2018

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Defying The Odds, A Young Woman Recovers From A Childhood Police Trauma

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Dominique Newton is a college sophomore. She’s only 20, but she’s already been through a lot. These days, she’s majoring in political science, with a minor in creative writing. Last time we got together, she was in the middle of writing a 10-page play, and also toting around some comic books.

Apr 04 2018

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Bring Your Own Presents: 'Telling My Parents'

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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on July 28th, 2016 at the Homer Plessy Community School, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson . The theme of the evening was "Heard: Why The Young Feel Old" and the event was in partnership with Eve Abrams’ ‘Unprisoned’ project . Here, Jewel Williams won with this story of how William Shakespeare helped her come out to her parents. The next BYO will take place Thursday, December 15th at Propeller Incubator at 4035 Washington Avenue. BYO is partnering with the Workers Center for Racial Justice on the theme ‘Moved.’ More at bringyourownstories.com . Unprisoned: Stories From The System is produced by Eve Abrams and brought to you by New Orleans Public Radio and Finding America , a national initiative

Dec 08 2016

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Bring Your Own Presents: Leroy's Mission

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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on March 3rd, 2016 at the Michalopolous Studio at a Bring Your Own event in partnership Unprisoned. The story was later produced by Natalie Yahr. The theme of the evening was "Born on Parole". Here, Leroy Perry tells of the lengths he went to prove his innocence, and what he learned along the way.

Oct 05 2016

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How are the record number of people returning from La. prisons making their way in the world? - 14

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Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. But most people behind bars aren’t locked up forever. In fact, 90 percent of them will someday be released. So that makes Louisiana also the reentry capital of the world-- a role the state is ill-prepared for.

Jul 20 2016

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Bring Your Own Presents: 'Love And Lies In The PO's Eyes'

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Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This story was told on March 3rd , 2016 at the Michalopoulos Studio, and later produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson . The theme of the evening was 'Born on Parole' and Bruce Reilly talks the trials and tribulations of dating, while on Parole. This Bring Your Own story was produced as part of Unprisoned, a project of WWNO and Finding America, with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Learn more about Unprisoned at wwno dot org and facebook dot com dash unprisoned. Both are also podcasts on itunes. The next BYO takes place on July 28th, again in partnership with Unprisoned. It's from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Homer Plessy Community school, and the theme is "HEARD: Why The Young Feel Old".

Jul 08 2016

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A Family Rallies Around Their Brother As He Leaves Prison Yet Again - 13

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In nearly every state, prison populations have exploded -- in large part, because of drug laws and the people, like Manny Hills, who are arrested and incarcerated for those laws. Over the last 25 years, Manny, an addict, has been convicted several times for drug possession and other petty crimes. His story is pretty typical of the people who fill up our nation's prisons.

Jun 22 2016

9mins

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As New Orleans Incarcerates More People, More Children Have A Parent Behind Bars - 12

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Over the last forty years, as incarceration has surged across the nation, so has the number of children with a family member in prison. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the number of young people with a father in prison rose 500 percent between 1980 and 2000.

Jun 08 2016

9mins

Play

What Does 'Adult' Mean In The Eyes Of The Law? In La., Many People Are Working To Change It - 11

Podcast cover
Read more
At all levels of government right now, laws about juveniles are rapidly changing. However, some states, including Louisiana, continue to prosecute and sentence juveniles for sentences of life without parole.

May 25 2016

9mins

Play

Security And Discipline In New Orleans Charter Schools Makes Many Students Feel Unsafe - 10

Podcast cover
Read more
Asha Lane is an 18-year-old senior at the International High School of New Orleans, a charter high school. Asha wanted to find out why New Orleans charter schools don’t always feel nurturing. We live in a dangerous city, but when does security feel unsafe?

May 11 2016

9mins

Play

These young New Orleans dancers want the police to know they are not a threat - 9

Podcast cover
Read more
In the last few years, powerful images of police interacting violently with African Americans -- usually men, or teenagers, or even children -- have been on the news, all over the world. In these images, black men are getting shot or choked or hauled away in handcuffs. There are others too, memorial photographs from happier times: of young boys with plump cheeks or wearing graduation caps. Photographs of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald – the list goes on.

Apr 27 2016

9mins

Play

The Listening Post Asks: What Do Jails And Prisons Do?

Podcast cover
Read more
The Listening Post is back collecting thoughts and experiences from communities around New Orleans on a new series of issues. The past month we’ve been collaborating with Independent radio producer Eve Abrams and her Unprisoned project.

Apr 21 2016

10mins

Play

Jahi Salaam, A Young New Orleans Poet, Raps About Prison, School And Poverty - 8

Podcast cover
Read more
“If you grew up struggling, then you my audience,” says Jahi Salaam, an 18-year-old rapper and a poet. Jahi is from New Orleans. His first name, Jahi, means dignity in Swahili. His last name means peace. When Jahi talks about poverty, school, and prison, he says: they’re all intertwined. This is Unprisoned. I’m Eve Abrams.

Apr 13 2016

9mins

Play

A New Orleans rabbi and her congregants are starting new conversations about mass incarceration - 7

Podcast cover
Read more
We are all living with mass incarceration one way or another. It affects everyone, passively or actively. I was recently sitting in the beautiful sanctuary of Touro Synagogue in Uptown New Orleans. It was Yom Kippur, and when I looked down at the holiday bulletin, there was a posting — about mass incarceration. It was an invitation to learn about the issue.

Mar 30 2016

8mins

Play

This Louisiana mother waits, and paints, and strives to free her son - 6

Podcast cover
Read more
What do you do when a member of your family is locked up for a crime you are sure he didn’t commit? Sheila Phipps paints.

Mar 16 2016

9mins

Play

Bring Your Own and Unprisoned Present: 'Pig Tales'

Podcast cover
Read more
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org. This Bring Your Own story was produced as part of Unprisoned , a project of WWNO and Finding America . It was told on March 3 , 2016 at the Michalopoulos Studio, and later produced by Karen Gardner. The theme of the evening was "Born on Parole," and Jabari Brown won with his story called "Pig Tales." The next BYO will take place Thursday April 21 at the Jazz and Heritage Center on Rampart Street. More at bringyourownstories.com . Unprisoned: Stories From The System is produced by Eve Abrams and brought to you by New Orleans Public Radio and Finding America , a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Incorporated, and with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the

Mar 10 2016

6mins

Play

Black families in New Orleans live in constant fear of having their young men put in jail - 5

Podcast cover
Read more
Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the world. That means more families have a loved one behind bars than in any other place.

Mar 02 2016

9mins

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If you pass through New Orleans courts, innocent or not, you still have to pay - 4

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The way our criminal justice system works, there’s a significant cost to just being accused of a crime. Innocent or not, one way or another, you still have to pay. Especially if you have a past.

Feb 17 2016

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With so many homeless caught up in the criminal justice system, N.O. holds court at a shelter - 3

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Our ongoing series Unprisoned has been bringing you stories of how mass incarceration affects New Orleans. Last time, we learned about New Orleans Municipal Court, the largest criminal court in Louisiana. Today, we follow Municipal Court to the New Orleans Mission — where a large number of homeless people who are facing municipal charges are being served directly.

Feb 03 2016

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