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The latest episodes from Caught

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Mass incarceration starts young. These kids say the system changes them forever.

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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 listen as …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

March 23rd, 2018


Status offenses are acts only considered crimes if committed by young people – things like running away, not going to school, or missing curfew. They …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 the life of Arnaldo …

Introducing Charged

May 8th, 2019


For as long as anyone can remember, criminal justice in America has meant one thing: punishment. In the last few years, however, that has begun to change. In a six-part narrative miniseries called Charged, New York …

Like 'Caught'? Try 'The Stakes'

June 5th, 2019


From host Kai Wright and the team that brought you Caught, The Stakes is a new show about what's not working in our society, how we can do better and why we have to. In this episode, hear from Kristin, a gender fluid, …

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