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Criminal Justice Reform: What's At Stake?

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The U.S. locks up more people than any other country in the world, with 2.3 million people behind bars. One-third of the U.S. population has a criminal record. 

Each year, nearly 10 million people will cycle through America’s jails and prisons. The challenges they face are monumental -- from jobs, to housing, to reconnecting with families.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a growing bipartisan commitment to addressing the challenges faced by those leaving prison. As we prepare to inaugurate a new president, and Jeff Sessions is set to become attorney general, the question emerges: What’s at stake for communities across the nation?

GUESTS: 

  • Glenn Martin - Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA
  • Reginald Dwayne Betts - Yale Law School Liman Fellow at the Division of Public Defender Services in Connecticut; His latest collection of poetry is called Bastards of the Reagan Era 

Khalilah Brown-Dean hosted this program. She's Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and a frequent contributor to The Wheelhouse.  

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Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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