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Hosted by Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, Marlon Peterson, Decarcerated highlights the journeys of success of people who has spent time in prison. In America there are over 68 million people with a criminal conviction. Decarcerated will tell you their stories of success.


Mbongiseni Mdakane’s Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (Part I)

Mbongiseni ‘Bongi’ Mdakane was sentenced to  22 years in prison, and now he is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa.  We talk about growing up in Soweto, the conditions of South African prisons, the gang structures in prisons he lived in, and the stigma of a record.  This episode was so powerful that we split it into two, so here’s part 1.


All the love to Ruth Hopkins of the Wits Justice Project and Katlego Mahlake of the Wits Radio Academy at the Witswatersand University in Johannesburg.  They let us use their studios, and stayed past work hours to accommodate us. They deserve all the love.


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More information about  this episode of Decarcerated:


  • Former offender aims for a PhD, Pretoria East Record.


  • Everything happens for a reason, including prison, University of South Africa

  • Mbongiseni Mdakane. New Voices in Psychology, Sabinet Journal

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