Locked Up

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June 25, 2017

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?

Attica Prison entrance
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The Attica Prison riot is remembered as one of the bloodiest and savage of its kind, but historian Heather Ann Thompson is challenging that familiar narrative.

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14:29
Barbed wire
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Most of us will never know what life in prison is really like, but criminal justice reporter Shane Bauer had a wild idea to gain access: for four months he worked undercover as a guard at a private prison.

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10:44
Dangerous Ideas

Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment.

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2:08
Bastøy Prison from the air
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For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries. She points to Norway as a model of humane reform.

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8:12
Fence
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Civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson believes in creating incentives to reduce the country's prison population.

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2:34
Gavel
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Martha Nussbaum may be one of the most well-respected living philosophers in the world today.  She tells Steve Paulson that retribution and payback aren't compatible with true justice.

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11:50
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