Both Sides of the Bars is a discussion driven show that examines the criminal justice system from various perspectives, including those most impacted by the Criminal Justice System.  It discusses critical questions about how the current system works, its intersections with Social Justice and highlight the efforts that are being made to improve the lives of everyone that is affected by it.

Episodes

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

A reflection and examination of the final phrase of the Star Spangled Banner.
Is the United States really the land of the free and home of the brave?
The American criminal justice system holds approximately 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 109 federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional...

Closing Rikers: Holding Space for History and Vision

There is a mass incarceration crisis underway in the United States that has been persisting for decades. America is home to roughly the same number people with criminal records as it is to four-year college graduates. While New York City holds criminal legal system reform up as a progressive reform...

Innocent yet Forced into Incarceration

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, between 1989 when the first DNA exoneration took place and 2017, there have been 2,161 documented exonerations in the United States. There were 139 exonerations in 2017 alone and of those, at least 96 people were exonerated as a group. How are...

The Ticking Clock to Criminalization

Rob DeLeon, Associate Vice President of Programs at The Fortune Society interviews Ann-Marie Louison, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES); and Nancy Ginsburg, Director of Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project at The...

The Color of Money

Andre Ward, Associate Vice President of Education and Employment Services at The Fortune Society welcomes Stacy Woodruff, Managing Director at Workforce Professionals Training Institute to discuss the growing racial wealth gap in America at a time when the minimum wage is increasing to $15 in New...

State-Level Reforms: Where We Need to Focus

BSOTB welcomes Katie Schaffer, NY statewide organizer at JustLeadershipUSA, who discusses the recent unprecedented increased attention by many states to implement state-level reforms as they relate to the criminal justice system. Advocates, both directly impacted and not, from across the country are...

Stones Of Hope: The Fight For Our Leaders Of Tomorrow

Nearly 53,000 youth are held in facilities away from home as a result of juvenile or criminal justice involvement. Nearly 1 in 10 is held in an adult jail or prison. To discuss these issues – and others -- BSOTB welcomes Jim Saint Germain, founder and chair of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT), a...