Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Emily Bazelon on mass incarceration and how to change the prosecution system.
Bazelon is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is the bestselling author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy and a cohost of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast.
Her new book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out.
This program is made possible by Richard Newman Campen Chautauqua Impressions Fund and the Donald Chace Shaw Fund.
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