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“Slapping Both Cheeks” will try to offer some insight into the facts of incarceration in our society and community and into the idea of social justice.
Does incarceration decrease crime, either through deterrence or incapacitation? How do the challenges of homelessness make people vulnerable to arrest and incarceration? And once jailed how reduced are the chances for future welfare?
Incarceration is a fact of our justice system; Is it a barrier to the notion of social justice?
Our guests are:
Christopher Abert a social worker here in Bloomington.
Isabella Bravo is a lawyer with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office.
Erin Marshall is a member of Decarcerate Monroe County.
Jason Sorden is a recidivist felon, recently paroled from prison and experiencing homelessness.
Judah Schept is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
Incarceration is a fact that both utterly inundates our society while at the same time being somewhat invisible to what we might call the voting middle class. Something one imagines akin to the abattoirs of our meat industry–our jails are hidden by being located in economically depressed middle America–we are blind to the lives that are darkened inside them.
Which is to say, how do we countenance throwing away the lives of so many people behind the justification of criminal code violations that disproportionately punish those who live in poverty and the Black and Hispanic populations?
And it’s not like the jailed population are the only people affected–families are put under such strain and hardship that there is no conception of “the good life” or the chimera we call the American Dream. There is the truth of an American Nightmare–the Prison State America.
We’ll try to understand the ways in which our political culture of management bureaucracy sweeps folks under the rug as part of business as usual.
What are jails good for?
What does the term Social Justice mean?
Host & Producer, Doug Storm
With Special Assistance from Micol Seigel
Board Engineer, Jonathan Richardson
Social Media Coordinator, Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer, Alycin Bektesh