New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation

New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation


Latest Episodes

COVID-19 Behind Bars: A Pandemic of Neglect
February 02, 2021

Homer Venters has been inspecting prisons, jails, and ICE detention centers for COVID-compliance almost since the start of the pandemic. The former chief medical officer for New York City jails says what were already substandard health systems and abus...

Heal and Punish? Treatment and Trauma Inside a Coercive System
January 19, 2021

How effective is therapy or treatment when it’s used instead of incarceration, and what are the challenges to conducting it inside the coercive context of the criminal justice system? New Thinking host Matt Watkins is joined by clinical psychologist Ja...

Josie Duffy Rice: Fighting a Big Fight
December 17, 2020

Josie Duffy Rice says remaking the justice system is a generational struggle, but it’s one progressives are winning. The well-known criminal justice commentator and activist, president of the news site, The Appeal, and host of its podcast,

Guns, Young People, Hidden Networks
November 30, 2020

Why do some young people carry guns? It’s a difficult question to answer. People in heavily-policed neighborhoods with high rates of violence aren’t generally enthusiastic about answering questions about gun use. In this special episode,

Reform and Its Discontents
October 26, 2020

The movement to reform prisons is about as old as prisons themselves. But what is the ultimate goal of reform of a system like the criminal justice system? Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar contend that many of today’s most popular reforms—such as electro...

What We All Get Wrong About Gun Violence
October 05, 2020

While crime of nearly every kind has been declining amid COVID-19, in cities across the country, gun violence and homicides have been the exceptions. Long-time researcher and former Obama DOJ official, Thomas Abt,

Misdemeanors, Race, and a History of Injustice
August 20, 2020

The alleged use of a $20 counterfeit bill, selling loose cigarettes on a street corner, a broken brake light—think how many police encounters that ended with the killing of a Black person began with misdemeanor enforcement.

Restorative Justice is Racial Justice
July 06, 2020

Restorative justice is about repairing harm. But for Black Americans, what is there to be restored to? This episode features a roundtable with eight members of the Center for Court Innovation’s Restorative Justice in Schools team.

Justice and the Virus: Racial Patterns
June 03, 2020

The death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for close to nine minutes has triggered a wave of long-held anger and revulsion across the country. Vincent Southerland,

Justice and the Virus: Rachel Barkow
May 22, 2020

With justice systems across the country scrambling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of talk about what justice is going to look like when the virus ends. But what has the response actually consisted of—especially from prisons and jai...