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54 EpisodesProduced by Marlon PetersonWebsite

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.

54 Episodes | 2017 - 2022


January 14th, 2022


An audio essay about abolition and Ahmaud Arbery.  The full readable version can be found on here:


Huwe Burton: Exonerated After 30 Years

February 6th, 2020


At 16, Huwe Burton was sentenced to 15 years-to-life for the murder of his mother. Thirty years later he is telling his story of exoneration.  Huwe's story was featured on an episode of the HBO series, Real Sports with …

Pt 2: Denise Coleman: Advocating for Others After 38 Years in Prison

January 18th, 2020


38 years in prison just for riding in a car with some friends. This is part 2 of the Denise Coleman story.  

Oprah, we need you to get Ms. Coleman on …

Denise Coleman: Advocating for Others After 38 Years in Prison

January 10th, 2020


38 years in prison just for riding in a car with some friends.  That's part of the story of Denise Coleman. Born in Louisiana, and now living in …

Melissa Harris-Perry & Marlon Peterson

January 6th, 2020


Originally recorded in October 2018, Melissa Harris-Perry, journalist, scholar, and former host of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC, sits down …

Halim Flowers: Roaming Free After 22 Years

November 27th, 2019


Originally sentenced to a life sentence at 16-years old, Halim Flowers, released after serving 22 years is now breaking barriers.  Released in March …

Live at the 2019 Smart on Crime Innovations Conference

November 27th, 2019


To kick off our final season, the DEcarcerated Podcast was LIVE at the 2019 Smart on Crime Conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in …

Abolition is Not Just About How We Dismantle

August 7th, 2019


The self-proclaimed HBIC (google the urban dictionary), Alicia Garza, principal of the Black Futures Lab that created the Black Census, and co-creator of Black Lives Matter is in rare form in this conversation with …

Chris Wilson: How I Escaped From a Life Sentence in Prison

May 31st, 2019


Before the age of 17 Chris Wilson's mother was raped by a police officer. His father was murdered.  His cousin was killed in front of him. At …

Naquasia & Turquoise: Honor Rolls and Thriving Beyond Trauma

May 24th, 2019


Wow, please have a Kleenex ready for this one.  Turquoise Martin and Naquasia Pollard are two women on fire, but, who have also survived the fire. 

Desmond Meade: Suicidal. Homeless. Leader.

May 20th, 2019


Desmond Meade has been able to lead the charge to restoring the voting rights of 1.4 million Floridians--all formerly incarcerated. This is the largest expansion of voting rights in America in a half century. 

In this …

Syrita Steib-Martin: Restoring Justice in Louisiana

May 10th, 2019


This is one of the BEST episodes we have ever been apart of, thanks to Syrita Steib-Martin.

Syrita, a Lousiana native and founder/executive director of Operation Restoration, is a leading voice in all things criminal …

Danielle Sered: I Don't Know Anyone Who Invented Violence

May 6th, 2019


Join host, Marlon Peterson, in this studio-audience episode of Decarcerated, in conversation with Danielle Sered, author of Until We …

Leigh Owens: From Rikers Island to the Philly District Attorney's Office

May 3rd, 2019


How Leigh Owens go from being an incarcerated person to being a mover and shaker in the political arena?

Leigh Owens is the Legislative Director at …

Darren Mack: Return of the Mack

August 17th, 2018


Darren Mack was sentenced to a term of 20-40 years in prison when he was 17-years old. Now at 43-years old Darren is one of the lead organizers of …

Marcus McAllister: From Suge Knight to Cure Violence

August 10th, 2018


You are  in for a treat! MARCUS McAllister drops a freestyle, speaks about his work as international peace trainer, his ties to Suge Knight and the …

Richard Wallace: From Chicago Hip Hop Artist to Equity And Transformation

August 4th, 2018


Richard ‘Epic’ Wallace’s first claim to fame was

                        that Chance the Rapper used to open up

                       for hip hop crew, BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up).

                       Trust me, I …

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

July 27th, 2018


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 …

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

July 20th, 2018


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 …

DEcarcerated Podcast presents: DEcarcerated Friends, featuring author and activist Darnell L. Moore

July 18th, 2018


Marlon, host of the Decarcerated Podcast, sits down with author and Black Lives Matter activist, Darnell L. Moore...with a splash of White Hennessy. Listen as Darnell answers the question, "What does a world without …

The Brilliance of Michelle Jones: 20 Years in Prison

July 13th, 2018


Michelle Jones, is an NYU Ph.d candidate who spent 20 years in Indiana state prisons.   Michelle  is a formerly incarcerated historian who’s going to blown away.  She’s here to share the brilliance of her research …

Valencia Gunder: Mayor of Liberty City, Miami

July 6th, 2018


If you’ve been to Miami and haven’t heard of Valencia Gunder, you haven’t been to Miami. Known as Vee, she talks about going to jail for college …

Lords of the Underground (Scholars)

June 29th, 2018


Shalita Williams, David Murillo, Clint Terrell, and David Maldonado are formerly incarcerated, Oakland-based academics on the rise. Danny was …

Jim St. Germain: Dropping Haitian Jewels of Hope PT. 2

June 22nd, 2018


In part II of Marlon’s conversation with Jim St. Germain, Jim speaks about his transition from juvenile prison back to his Brooklyn community. He talks about the formation of his organization, Prepared Leaders of …

Jim St. Germain: Dropping Haitian Jewels of Hope PT. 1

June 17th, 2018


This episode is so good that we stretch it into two parts. You’ll need time digest all the jewels of knowledge and analysis of the conditions behind the hurt that affects Black people in poor communities. A Hatian …

Shaka Senghor: Writing a New Life

June 8th, 2018


Shaka Senghor is one the few people who Oprah Winfrey publicly admires. He is a NY Times Bestselling author for his book, Writing My Wrongs:  “Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison.”  His TED Talk has amassed …

Nobody Messing with The Pink Panther Clique

June 1st, 2018


This episode features Jamila T. Davis, Aisha Hall, and Sunshine Smith-Williams—THE PINK PANTHER CLIQUE. All three women served time in America federal prisons.  Hailing from New York City and Long Island, the three …

Season 3 Trailer: A World Without Prisons

May 25th, 2018



We’re getting you ready for Season 3 of Decarcerated.  Our theme for this Season? A World Without Prisons.


More information this episode of …

Lucinda Cross: The Journey of a QUEEN BOSS

December 29th, 2017


Lucinda Cross, known as the Chief Activator, is the CEO of Activate Worldwide,and founder of Activate Your Life 501c3. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY Lucinda eventually spent four years in federal prison for …

Teresa Y. Hodge: Federal Prison Couldn’t Stop My Relevance

December 15th, 2017


Teresa Y. Hodge is Soros Justice Fellow, tech startup founder, serial entrepreneur, and is on a first name basis with music mega star, John Legend.  She also spent five years in federal prison beginning in her early …

Calvin Moyo: Decarcerated Goes to South Africa

December 8th, 2017


Decarcerated went on the road to South Africa! We participated in the Global Prisons Conference held at the University of Johannesburg. While in JoBurg we sat down with Calvin Moyo, a young graphic designer and native …

Johnny Perez: Cuba is Unrecognizable & Felonies Are Forever

December 1st, 2017


Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. …

Coss Marte: The Business of Physical Health and Justice

November 26th, 2017


Coss Marte is born and raised LES. As a kid he used to collect cans and turn them into Bodegas to collect nickels. He started selling drugs at 13, …

Frankie Guzman: Rewriting Unjust Juvenile Justice Policy...Literally

November 10th, 2017


Frankie Guzman is an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law working to eliminate prosecuting and incarcerating children in California’s adult …

Marcus Bullock: Entrepreneurship is in My Blood

November 3rd, 2017


BAM! Marcus Bullock is successful entrepreneur. In this episode, Marcus discusses his beginnings as a youth in Washington DC and Virginia.  After …

Topeka Sam: Championing for Women and Girls

October 27th, 2017


This week’s episode of the #Decarcerated podcast features founder of Ladies of Hope Ministries, Topeka K. Sam.  Created to help disenfranchised & marginalized women transition back into society, Topeka has also …

Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration: Part II

October 20th, 2017


LIVE EPISODES WE LOVE!  This is Part II of a two-part series where four guests give personal stories about their Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration. This week we get to hear from Johnny Perez and …

Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration

October 13th, 2017


LIVE EPISODES WE LOVE!  This is Part I of a two-part series where four guests give personal stories about their Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration. This week we get to hear from Khalil Cumberbatch …

TED Talk & More: The Redemptive Value of Relevancy

October 6th, 2017


WE. ARE. BACK!  Decarcerated is back for a 2nd season, and we’re starting this season off right!  We’re debuting one of our new segments, Decarcerate Your Mind (with an En Vogue cameo)! Also, Marlon is talking about his …

Marlon & Devon: Me&YOU

July 14th, 2017

Marlon, the host of the podcast tells the story of his arrest, his rape, and his incarceration.  This is the most emotionally taxing episode of the …

Teaser: Marlon Peterson

July 13th, 2017


Here's a sneak peek of the next episode, where Devon Peterson interviews the host of Decarcerated, Marlon Peterson.  That's right! Marlon is sitting down with us and giving us an inside look into his relationship with …

Pt 2: Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like (in-studio event)

July 7th, 2017


This in-studio event was held on April 18, 2017 at BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY.  Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like features Topeka Sam, Teresa A. Hodge, Andre Mitchell, Andrew Cory Greene, and Khalil …

Pt 1: Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like (in-studio event)

June 30th, 2017


This in-studio event was held on April 18, 2017 at BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY.  Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like features Topeka Sam, Teresa A. Hodge, Andre Mitchell, Andrew Cory Greene, and Khalil …

Khalil Cumberbatch: Father. Advocate. Collaborator.

June 23rd, 2017

Khalil Cumberbatch is the Manager of Trainings at JustLeadership USA, Columbia University Lecturer, husband and father to two young daughters. Khalil …

Renata Hill: Raising Awareness for the LGBTQ Community

June 16th, 2017

Renata Hill, a native of New Jersey, spent three years in prison in New York  literally for being the survivor of sexual harassment. Her story, along with Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, and Patreese Johnson is …

Andrea James

June 9th, 2017

Andrea C. James, a Roxbury, Boston native was sentenced to 18-months in prison for a white-collar crime. A lawyer prior to her incarceration, Andrea …

Hernan Carvente

May 26th, 2017

In this episode, Hernan Carvente speaks about developing a drinking habit at the age of 8-years old as a response to domestic violence, to joining a …

Reginald Dwayne Betts

May 19th, 2017


Reginald Dwayne Betts on Using Writing for Truth- Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author and poet who has written a memoir and two books of poetry. In this episode, he tells us about his commitment to writing when inside, …

Vivian Nixon: A Journey from Drugs & Prison to Oprah & Michelle Obama

May 12th, 2017


In this episode Vivian Nixon speaks about her experiences with substance misuse, to being a leader amongst men, to hanging out with Michelle Obama …

Cory Greene is Seeking Social Justice through Scholarship and Being Authentic to the Hood

May 5th, 2017

Cory Greene is the co-founder of H.O.L.L.A! (How Our Lives Link Altogether, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a     Ph. D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Cory also happened to spend over six years in prison. A native …

Eddy Zheng, Asian Pacific Islanders, & 21 Years in Prison

April 16th, 2017


"Happy New Breath."  Eddy Zheng starts all his conversations with those words, and in this episode he will explain why.  Eddy is a Asian Pacific Islander based in Oakland who spent 21-years in prison.  His journey from …

Glenn Martin is Closing Rikers Island

April 16th, 2017


There is a plan to close New York City's most infamous jail, Rikers Island, in 10 years, and Glenn E. Martin is a huge reason why.  Glenn, a Brooklyn native with West Indian roots, is the founder and president of …

Donna Hylton & Her Journey of 27 Years in Prison

April 16th, 2017


Donna Hylton is my hero.  Donna spent 27 years in prison, and since her release in 2012 she has become a leading human rights activist.  She was a featured speaker at the Women's MArch in Washington, DC, and will have a …

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