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70 Million

27 EpisodesProduced by Lantigua Williams & Co.Website

This award-winning and Peabody-nominated podcast documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards. Reporters travel around the country and hear from people directly impacted by their encounter with jails and to chronicle the progress ground-up efforts have made in diversion, … read more

27 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Thank you dear listeners!!

May 8th, 2020


A heartfelt thanks to listeners from our creator and executive producer as we celebrate our Peabody Awards nomination for season 2.

Civic Engagement, Social Distancing, and Democracy Reform

May 1st, 2020


Host: Richard Davies, Co-host, How Do We Fix It? 

Mila Atmos, Host, Future Hindsight

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, Founder and …

Bonus: COVID-19 and Democracy with The Democracy Group

April 29th, 2020


For more information about The Democracy Group podcast network, visit Thank you to Democracy Group Network Manager Katie DeFiore for producing this episode!

Host: Jenna Spinelle, Communications …

TRAILER: How to Talk to Mamí and Papí About Anything

April 27th, 2020


From the creator of 70 Million, welcome to How to Talk to Mamí and Papí About Anything! Juleyka Lantigua-Williams made the show because she and many …

Two Rural Counties Take Diverting Paths to Jail Reform

September 16th, 2019


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Where Texting Brings People to Court

September 9th, 2019


After someone is arrested, there are multiple court-ordered actions after they make bail. Often, missing any of these--especially court …

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 2

September 2nd, 2019


If you haven’t already listened to Part 1 of this story, we suggest you do that first.

In 2013, the Texas Jail Project gets a call from Bonnie Wyndham -- a mother whose daughter, Cat, is pregnant behind bars and not …

A Pregnancy That Changed Texas Law, Part 1

August 26th, 2019


Shandra Williams had experienced five miscarriages by the time she and her husband Dawayne became pregnant with their son. Then she was arrested. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety travels to Victoria, Texas, where Williams’ …

Comedian Felonious Munk Stands Up for Reform

August 19th, 2019


Comedian Felonious Munk was among the 13,000 formerly incarcerated people whose voting rights Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored in 2018. 70 …

An Open and Shut Case, Reopened

August 12th, 2019


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 it …

The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail

August 5th, 2019


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 …

How Bail Shackles Women of Color

July 29th, 2019


Tamiki Banks’ life was turned upside down when her husband was arrested, leaving her the sole breadwinner and caregiver to their twins. More than two …

When Disability Requires a Different Approach

July 22nd, 2019


People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, are overrepresented behind bars. One reason is that police officers, lawyers, …

Marching Toward Reform in New Orleans

July 15th, 2019


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 of change in the horizon, with a groundswell of community action and two …

Now a Peabody Award Nominee!!

July 8th, 2019


Reporters who take a closer look at communities and programs trying bold solutions to solve big problems in criminal justice. Hear stories about cash …

Are Some of the Formerly Incarcerated Owed Reparations?

October 29th, 2018


To close out season one, we invited two legal experts, Christina Swarns, President and Attorney-in-Charge of the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York and Scott Hechinger, Senior Staff Attorney & Dir. of …

How New Orleans Could Set a New Course for Bail Reform

October 22nd, 2018


New Orleans could become the battleground for bail reform. The city has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world. And most …

In Miami, Jailing Fewer, Treating More

October 15th, 2018


Like in much of the country, jails in Miami-Dade County double as de facto mental health facilities for people with mental health issues cycling through the criminal justice system. But Miami-Dade’s Criminal Mental …

Undocumented Immigrants Are Tethered to ICE, and Private Companies, by Ankle Monitors

October 8th, 2018


A handful of companies are making millions off ankle monitors strapped to undocumented immigrants in ICE custody. The makers pitch the monitors as an …

In One State, an Opioid Crisis Led Police to Start an Angel Program

October 1st, 2018


In Massachusetts, Gloucester PD started an "angel program" to help people in the grip of opioid addiction get help. Instead of arresting people for …

One State Is Disrupting the Pipeline from Foster Care to Jail

September 24th, 2018


By age 17, over half of young people in foster care have already been convicted of a crime or spent a night in jail. After they age out, a quarter will go to jail or get in trouble with the law within the first two …

Putting Women Already in Jail First

September 17th, 2018


Oklahoma locks up women and girls at a higher rate than anywhere else in the US. Black mothers bear the burden of this crisis, which can curtail accessing public benefits and lower the chances of keeping their children. …

Reform Activists and a New DA Find Common Ground

September 10th, 2018


Activists in Houston were galvanized by events in Ferguson in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown. First, they took to the streets in protest. …

Veterans Courts Give Soldiers a Way Back

September 3rd, 2018


For veterans, run-ins with the law don’t always have to mean jail time. Thanks to Veterans Court in Boston, which helps in finding treatment for PTSD, getting sober, and finding work. Reporter Heidi Shin talks to an …

Locals Divided Between Diversion and Border Security

August 27th, 2018


In Pima County, where Tucson is located, formerly incarcerated individuals and local government officials have joined efforts to send fewer people to jail. Meanwhile, a federal program designed to stop drug and human …

70 Million S1 Trailer

August 17th, 2018


70 million Americans older than 18 have a criminal record. 70 Million documents how residents and communities are taking up the challenge of reforms, …

70 Million Podcast Teaser

May 18th, 2018


Starting August 27, follow along as the reporters on 70 Million travel around the country to chronicle how communities are taking the challenge of …

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