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All kids make dumb mistakes. But depending on your zip code, race or just bad luck, those mistakes can have a lasting impact. Mass incarceration starts young. In Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice, hear from kids about the moment they collided wit...Show More
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Introducing Charged

27:48 | May 8th

For as long as anyone can remember, criminal justice in America has meant one thing: punishment. In the last few years, however, that has begun to change. In a six-part narrative miniseries called Charged, New York Times Magazine staff writer Emily B...Show More
Bonus: Introducing Aftereffect

37:21 | Jun 29th, 2018

From WNYC Studios, a new podcast called Aftereffect we thought you might enjoy. In the summer of 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect tells Arnaldo's story -- a hidden w...Show More
Episode 9: 'You Just Sit There and Wait for the Next Day to Come'

39:05 | Mar 28th, 2018

Rikers Island has ended the traditional use of solitary confinement for juveniles. New York State banned it more broadly, but only for juveniles that have already been sentenced. In many counties, pre-trial juvenile offenders are still put in solitar...Show More
Episode 8: 'I Want Someone to Love Me Even for a Second'

32:33 | Mar 27th, 2018

Girls make up only a small fraction of the incarcerated juvenile population, but girls often land in detention because they have experienced some form of trauma: abusive families, bad experiences in the foster care system, and especially sexual abuse...Show More
Episode 7: 'It’s the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done'

31:08 | Mar 26th, 2018

The justice system isn’t the catch-all for every struggling kid. Desperate parents with means can turn to a whole network of private programs before their kids even get caught. The state of Utah houses a $400 million industry for just such families. ...Show More
Episode 6: 'Please Lock Up My Kid'

38:36 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Status offenses are acts only considered crimes if committed by young people – things like running away, not going to school, or missing curfew. They are designed to keep at risk youth safe, but in practice, they can also become a pipeline into the j...Show More
Episode 5: 'The Teenage Brain Is Like a Sports Car'

33:19 | Mar 21st, 2018

Stephen is one of thousands of so-called "juvenile lifers" who have an unexpected shot at freedom today. Up until 2005, most juveniles could be sentenced just as harshly as adults: that meant life without parole, even the death penalty. Then a landma...Show More
Episode 4: 'Oh My God, What Have I Done?'

36:04 | Mar 19th, 2018

Honor has struggled for years with leukemia, homelessness and suicide attempts. On the anniversary of his leukemia diagnosis, he reached a breaking point: A terrifying eruption that he still refers to as only "the incident." Like many young people wh...Show More
Episode 3: 'He Really Wants to Shoot Someone'

35:17 | Mar 16th, 2018

At age 15, Z received his sentence in adult court. The reason why dates back 40 years, to a child named Willie Bosket. His crimes changed everything for kids and criminal justice. In 1978, Bosket murdered two people on the New York City subway. Despi...Show More
Episode 2: 'They Look at Me Like a Menace'

35:37 | Mar 14th, 2018

In our first episode, we met Z. He's locked up because he and a group of friends robbed someone with a gun. But now that he's inside, his biggest problem is his temper. Z is a kid who's had mental health challenges since he was small, and when he's g...Show More
Episode 1: 'I Just Want You to Come Home'

28:53 | Mar 12th, 2018

Z had his first encounters with law enforcement when he was just 12 years old. Now, at 16, he’s sitting in detention on an armed robbery charge—his young life has been defined by cops and courts. Dwayne Betts is a poet and juvenile justice lawyer who...Show More
Coming Soon: Mass Incarceration Starts Young

03:52 | Feb 28th, 2018

The United States locks up more people than any country in the world. That starts young: Roughly a million kids a year get caught up in the criminal justice system. In Caught, a new podcast from WNYC, we'll listen as some of those young people tell t...Show More