Description: Laura Faer, the Education Rights Director for the Public Counsel Law Center, talks with host David Onek about the movement to reform California’s broken school discipline process.
Description: Actress Sonja Sohn, known for her role on the HBO series The Wire, talks with host David Onek about her work as co-founder of Rewired for Change, a nonprofit supporting at-risk youth in Baltimore. She also discusses how her personal life has shaped her commitment to ending children’s exposure to violence, the power of leveraging celebrity to fuel social change and much more.
Description: Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption, discusses the stories of five men at San Quentin prison convicted of murder and then released on parole, how she built trust with these men, the Governor’s unique role in California’s parole process, the extremely low recidivism rates for paroled murderers, and more.
Description: Paul Ekman, UCSF Professor Emeritus of Psychology, discusses how his research on facial expressions and emotions can improve public safety, the criticism he has received from colleagues for working with law enforcement, his discussions with the Dalai Lama about forgiveness and responsibility, the pros and cons of having his work portrayed on the TV show “Lie to Me,” and more.
Description: Santa Cruz Chief Probation Officer Scott MacDonald discusses reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, partnering with the community, using data to drive decision-making, sustaining reforms through leadership transitions, and more.
Description: Orange County Superior Court Judge Wendy Lindley discusses her innovative Combat Veterans court, overcoming the initial resistance of other judges to collaborative courts, providing “one-stop” services at the courthouse, and how collaborative courts can make us safer.
Description: Joyce Hicks, Executive Director of the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC), discusses San Francisco’s strong police oversight model, the OCC’s innovative mediation program, working with police unions, the investigative and auditor models of police oversight, and more.
Description: Connie Rice, Co-Director of the Advancement Project, discusses how she got involved in gang prevention work, her efforts to reform the Los Angeles Police Department through both lawsuits and collaboration, her partnership with former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, an innovative life skills program in LA’s jails, and more.
Description: San Francisco Chief Adult Probation Officer Wendy Still discusses the importance of building partnerships with city agencies and community-based organizations, San Francisco’s plans to increase services as part of criminal justice realignment, the unique needs of female offenders, opportunities for women in the criminal justice field, and more.
Description: Stanford Law Professor Joan Petersilia discusses the realignment of California’s criminal justice system, realignment’s impact on county jails, the need for comprehensive realignment research and analysis, and the importance of researcher-practitioner partnerships.
Description: Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation, discusses the creation of the Midtown Community Court, the importance of tailoring reform efforts to the needs of the communities involved, the different ways that criminal justice reforms can fail, procedural justice, and more.
Description: Javier Stauring, Co-Director of the Office of Restorative Justice of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, discusses his experience ministering to incarcerated youth and their families, the pros and cons of closing California’s Division of Juvenile Justice, the power of restorative justice, his efforts to end life without parole for juveniles, and more.
Description: Gena Castro Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Youth Justice Institute, discusses the unique needs of girls in the juvenile justice system, using her direct service experience to inform policy debates, partnering effectively with probation departments, using data to improve programming, and more.
Description: Alameda County Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad discusses California's criminal justice realignment, his efforts to reform Washington, DC's juvenile justice system, the importance of building community partnerships, how he went from being a youth on probation in Oakland to the Chief Probation Officer, and more.
Description: Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen discusses creating a Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate past cases with alleged misconduct and provide training to prevent future misconduct, his new policy on medical marijuana dispensaries, the importance of transparency in officer-involved shooting investigations, and more.
Description: Sujatha Baliga, Program Director at Community Justice Works, discusses her innovative restorative justice work in the Alameda County juvenile justice system, how she got strong buy-in from law enforcement for restorative justice programming, her own personal history as a survivor of crime and her experience sharing her story with people serving time for violent offenses, and more.
Description: Patricia Caruso, former Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections, discusses how Michigan reduced its prison population and reduced recidivism through a “Justice Reinvestment” strategy, why corrections officials should care about what happens when people leave prison, Michigan’s innovative reentry initiative, lessons other states can take from the Michigan experience, and more.
Description: Michael Romano, Co-Founder of the Stanford Three Strikes Project, discusses how the California Three Strikes law can lead to life sentences for people with minor offenses, how students in his project have helped a dozen such clients get released from prison after having their sentences reduced, and the need to reform Three Strikes so that it focuses on serious and violent offenders.
Episode #20: Bernard Melekian, Director, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, U.S. Department of Justice
Description: Bernard Melekian, Director of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office in the U.S. Department of Justice, discusses how the fiscal crisis will change policing, “values-based policing,” bringing a local law enforcement perspective to federal policy-making, federal efforts to partner with local law enforcement, and more.
Description: Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, discusses why he got involved in working with youth to prevent violence, developing a close working relationship with law enforcement, the importance of data-driven violence reduction strategies, Boston's upcoming city-wide gang mediation effort, and more.
Description: East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis discusses the need for police leadership in reentry, East Palo Alto's innovative reentry partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the importance of fair and impartial policing, and being a finalist for the Seattle Police Chief and New Orleans Police Chief positions.
Description: Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, discusses the NAACP's new "Smart and Safe" criminal justice initiative, his support for the National Criminal Justice Act, the consequences of the nation's incarceration policies, the importance of parents taking responsibility for truancy, and more.
Episode #16: Susan Manheimer, San Mateo Police Chief and California Police Chiefs Association President
Description: Susan Manheimer, San Mateo Police Chief and California Police Chiefs Association President, discusses why she became a police officer, becoming the first woman Chief in San Mateo and first woman President of the Police Chiefs Association, using community policing to reduce crime, collaborating regionally with the other Bay Area Chiefs, and more.
Description: James Bell, Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, discusses his work to reduce the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system, the involvement of community members in the reform process, the importance of data-driven decision-making, California's leadership role in reducing racial and ethnic disparities, and more.
Episode #14: Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Description: Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, discusses bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners, the promise of problem-solving courts, strengthening the indigent defense system, partnering with state and local law enforcement, and more.
Description: Kevin Grant, Oakland Street Outreach Coordinator, discusses how he maintains credibility with both young people and law enforcement, how he turned his life around after fifteen years behind bars, how he fosters relationships with employers to help people with prior convictions find jobs, and more.
Description: Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts discusses his goals as Oakland's new Chief, the importance of working with the community, his efforts to reduce police response times, how his doctorate degree has helped him in his policing career, and more.
Description: Frank Zimring, Professor at Berkeley Law School, discusses New York City's remarkable crime decline in the past twenty years, the related policy implications, and more.
Description: Mimi Silbert, President and CEO of the Delancey Street Foundation, discusses the unique Delancey Street rehabilitation model, the success of Delancey Street’s businesses, her attempts to partner with the state to reform the California prison system, the need for political leadership on criminal justice issues, and more.
Description: Jeanne Woodford, former Warden of San Quentin State Prison and former Acting Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, discusses becoming San Quentin’s first woman warden, the impact of prison programming cuts on public safety, the reasons for her resignation from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the opportunity for criminal justice reform due to the budget crisis, and more.
Description: San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris discusses how we can be "Smart on Crime," her innovative Back on Track program, the need for law enforcement to proactively build trust with the community, her mother's influence or her career, and more.
Description: San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon discusses putting ethics at the forefront of police training, what he learned from Chief Bill Bratton’s leadership style, his battles with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio over immigration issues, the consequences of overcriminalization in the African-American community, and more.
Description: Senator Mark Leno, Chair of the California Senate Public Safety Committee, discusses politicians' fear of being labeled "soft on crime," his community corrections bill, the need for a state sentencing commission, the importance of trauma recovery centers for victims of violence, and more.
Description: Sunny Schwartz, author of "Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption and One Woman's Fight to Restore Justice to All," discusses the award-winning Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) in San Francisco's jails, the principles of restorative justice, being "tough" on inmates by making them confront their issues, building partnerships between sworn and civilian staff in the jails, and more.
Description: Bill Bratton, former Los Angeles Police Chief and former New York Police Commissioner, discusses the importance of working with the community, recent charges of crime data manipulation in New York, the dangers of cutting police services due to budget crises, the emergence of “predictive policing,” and more.
Description: Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, discusses the Department’s new parole policies, the importance of research in guiding policy decisions, his prior work as Inspector General of the agency he now leads, his advice for the next Governor on California corrections, and more.
Description: Dr. Joe Marshall, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club in San Francisco, discusses the program’s 150 college graduates, hosting the Street Soldiers radio show, helping young people stay “alive and free,” bridging the gap between the police and the community, and more.
Description: Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (the White House "Drug Czar"), discusses ending the "War on Drugs," treating drugs as a public health issue, the problems of prescription drugs and drugged driving, the federal government's response to state medical marijuana laws, and more.