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

The 2020 Census: Stand And Be Counted!

Today, “Both Sides of the Bars” will discuss the importance of the 2020 Census and what people can do to participate in it. The Fortune Society’s Andre Ward hosts guest Kathleen Daniel, field director of NYC Census 2020, an organizing initiative established to ensure a complete and accurate count of...

Functional News for Transparency and Uplifting Spirits

The Fortune Society's Andre Ward hosts Lawrence Bartley, director of "News Inside" at The Marshall Project, who discusses the launch of the print publication that will be distributed in prisons and jails, as well as his work as a journalist at The Marshall Project. They also talk about some of the...

Honoring and Serving Veterans 364 Days per Year

November is the month where we dedicate a day specifically to honoring and appreciating the bravery and service of our veterans. But as we continuously learn more about the collateral consequences of military experience, we are pressed to ask, are we meeting the needs of our current veteran...

Aging Inside | Honoring the Legacy of Mujahid Farid

This episode aired originally in October 2015. Host Ronald Day, Associated VP of DRCPP, interviews Ashley Demyan, Research Associate at Vera Institute; and Mujahid Farid, Lead Organizer at Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP). The conversation focuses on the situation for those who have enter into...

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...