Law & Disorder

The Failures of Mass Incarceration w/ Lenore Anderson; Plus Resistance in Residence w/ Andrea Prichett

On today’s show, we speak with Lenore Anderson, the co-founder and President of Alliance for Safety and Justice, and founder of Californians for Safety and Justice, who worked for the City of Oakland under Mayor Ron Dellums and later as an attorney in Kamala Harris’ office when the Vice President was San Francisco’s District Attorney’s office. We discuss Lenore’s new book In Their Names: The Untold Story of Victims’ Rights, Mass Incarceration, and the Future of Public Safety.  The book offers a close look at how the political call to help victims in the 1980s morphed into a demand for bigger bureaucracies and more incarceration, and cemented the long- standing chasm that exists between most victims and the justice system. Lenore argues that the powerful myth that mass incarceration benefits victims obscures recognition of what most victims actually need, including addressing their trauma, which is a leading cause of subsequent violent crime.

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Our Resistance in Residence Artist this week is singer-songwriter, and one third of Bay Area folk music trio Rebecca Riots, Andrea Prichett – who is also a co-founder and organizer with Berkeley Copwatch. Stay tuned to the Resistance in Residence segment of our show for the rest of this week for the chance to win a pair of tickets to Andrea Pritchett’s album release party this Thursday, January 5th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Her new album is called The Frame. You can listen to our full length conversation with Andrea on our podcast.

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