Inside CA’s Atwater Federal Prison with a former inmate; Can Lawsuits Really Change Prisons?; Plus: Exploring Restorative Justice

7:08am – Jamaine Tipler is a former inmate in Atwater Correctional Facility, a federal prison in Merced County, in Central California. He wrote us about the deplorable conditions he experienced there, and is continuing to raise awareness and demand accountability and reforms to the Bureau of Prison (BOP) policy. Emailed requests for comment from Warden Andre Matevousian were not responded to.

Then, we speak with Dennis Cunningham, a long time civil rights attorney and member of the National Lawyers Guild, on the opportunities for legal recourse for these civil and human rights abuses. 

8:08am – On Restorative Justice

Fania Davis is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights attorney, and restorative justice scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. She is also the co-founder of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, or RJOY

Malachi Scott is the Reentry Community Restorative Justice Coordinator with RJOY. He came to restorative justice through the Victim-Offender Education Group, a program of the Inside Prison Project while incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison.

8:34am – We hear a personal story of transformation and restorative justice. Tom Rudderow survived a violent assault in 2006 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Six years later, he and the man who attacked him were reunited through a restorative justice process in Folsom Prison.



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