Justice In America

14 EpisodesProduced by The Appeal

Justice in America, hosted by Josie Duffy Rice and Clint Smith, is a podcast for everyone interested in criminal justice reform— from those new to the system to experts who want to know more. Each episode we cover a new criminal justice issue. We explain how it works and look at its impact on people… read more

14 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Episode 12: The Criminalization of Poverty

January 23rd, 2019


On this episode, we explore the countless ways the criminal justice system criminalizes poverty—and homelessness in particular. From what is …

Episode 11: Public Defense

January 16th, 2019


On our first episode of season 2, we talk about one of the most important players in the criminal justice system – the public defender. What does it mean to be a public defender in America? Why do we have the right to …

Justice In America Season 2 Welcome!

January 12th, 2019


Each show we discuss a topic in the American criminal justice system and try to explain what it is and how it works.

Season 2 we’ll be discussing everything from public defense to the death penalty to juvenile justice …

Episode 10: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

September 26th, 2018


For our last episode of the season, we are thrilled to have Ta-Nehisi Coates—an author and journalist who has published some of the most important and incisive work of our time, from A Case for Reparations to Between …

Episode 9: How Democrats and Republicans Created Mass Incarceration

September 19th, 2018


There are a few schools of thought regarding the origins of mass incarceration. Some blame Reagan and his” war on drugs,” while others blame Bill …

Episode 8: Crimmigration

September 12th, 2018


Historically immigration law and criminal law have functioned separately. But over the past few decades, we’ve seen them slowly merge, as the criminalization of immigrants increased. Now, under Trump, that …

Episode 7: The New American Prosecutor

September 5th, 2018


Over the past few years there’s been a growing movement, led by groups like Color of Change and National People’s Action, whose goal is to elect …

Episode 6 - The Victims of Mass Incarceration

August 29th, 2018


Often, when people talk about the criminal justice system, they talk in big numbers— the millions of people serving time, the billions of dollars …

Episode 5: Excluded from Democracy

August 22nd, 2018


For an estimated 6.1 million Americans with felony convictions, their punishment extends all the way to the ballot box. In 48 states, people with felony convictions are barred from voting, either temporarily or …

Episode 4: A conversation with John Legend

August 15th, 2018


John Legend isn’t just one of the most talented musicians of our time—he’s also a leading activist on criminal justice reform. On this episode, Justice in America talks to Legend, singer, songwriter, actor, producer, …

Episode 3: Who Built Mass Incarceration? Prosecutors

August 8th, 2018


Who has had the biggest impact on the growth of our incarceration system? It’s not the judge, the jury, or the legislator. It’s not the police, and …

Episode 2: The 94% - Plea deals

August 1st, 2018


TV courtroom dramas would have you believe that the trial is a major part of the criminal justice process. But most defendants don’t go to trial. …

Episode 1: Justice for the Rich, Money Bail

July 25th, 2018


States and cities across the nation are talking about reforming the money bail system. But what does that mean? What exactly is bail? Who does it harm and who does it benefit?  And does bail reform really work? On our …

Welcome to Justice In America

July 11th, 2018


Each show we discuss a topic in the American criminal justice system and try to explain what it is and how it works.


Josie Duffy Rice: A senior …

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