11 Episodes

All kids make dumb mistakes. But depending on your zip code, race or just bad luck, those mistakes can have a lasting impact. Mass incarceration starts young. In Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice, hear from kids about the moment they collided with law and order, and how it changed them forever. …

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Bonus: Introducing Aftereffect

June 29th, 2018


From WNYC Studios, a new podcast called Aftereffect we thought you might enjoy.

In the summer of 2016, a police shooting upended th…

Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

March 28th, 2018


Rikers Island has ended the traditional use of solitary confinement for juveniles. New York State banned it more broadly, but only for juveniles that have already been sentenced. In many counties, pre-trial juvenile o…

Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

March 27th, 2018


Girls make up only a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but girls often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma: abusive families, bad experiences in the foster care sy…

Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

March 26th, 2018


The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a 

Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

March 21st, 2018


Stephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even…

Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

March 19th, 2018


Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. On the anniversary of his leukemia diagnosis, he reached a breaking point: A terrifying eruption that he still refers to as only "the inc…

Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

March 16th, 2018


At age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice.

In 1978, Bosket murdered two p…

Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

March 14th, 2018


In our first episode, we met Z. He's locked up because he and a group of friends robbed someone with a gun. But now that he's inside, his biggest problem is his temper. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges si…

Episode 1: 'I Just Want You to Come Home'

March 12th, 2018


Z had his first encounters with law enforcement when he was just 12 years old. Now, at 16, he’s sitting in detention on an armed robbery charge—his young life has been defined by cops and courts. Dwayne Betts is a poe…

Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

February 28th, 2018


The United States locks up more people than any country in the world. That starts young: Roughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll l…

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