New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation

New Thinking, from the Center for Court Innovation


Latest Episodes

Policing, Race, and a Crisis in Mental Health
June 01, 2021

One of every four people killed by police is experiencing a mental health emergency. Changing how we respond to crisis in the moment, and to widespread, ongoing mental health needs, means deferring to the leadership of people with lived experience and ...

Does the Criminal Justice System Cause Crime?
April 26, 2021

What’s the most effective way to reduce the chance of an arrest in the future? A new study suggests it’s shrinking the size of the justice system in the here and now. Boston D.A. Rachael Rollins and the director of NYU’s Public Safety Lab,

How Will the Death Penalty End?
March 25, 2021

Journalist Maurice Chammah says the federal execution spree during the final weeks of the Trump presidency is evidence of the death penalty’s continued decline, not its resurgence. Chammah is the author of the new book,

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

In their book, Prison By Any Other Name, activists Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar contend that much of what is packaged today as “reforms” to the criminal legal system are extending, not countering, t

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.