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Created Equal Podcast 03. Of Prison and Politics

WDET

Being “tough on crime” is politically popular. But does it make communities safer?

In 1971 a prison uprising in New York state opened the door for President Richard Nixon and Governor Nelson Rockefeller to push for harsh drug laws with lasting repercussions.

Co-hosts Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber-Davis speak with University of Michigan professor and author of “Blood in the Water”, Heather Ann Thompson, about the Attica prison uprising. And we hear some of the personal story of writer Shaka Senghor, who was forced into a life of crime in the 1980s that led him to serve many years in prison. 

You can hear more of Shaka Senghor’s story through WDET podcast Twisted Storytellers.

Blood In The Water

 

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Aired on: Created Equal

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at detroitjournalism.org.

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.

  

 

About the Author

Laura Weber-Davis

Producer, Detroit Today & Created Equal

Laura is thrilled to be working at Detroit’s legendary public radio station, WDET. Whatever she is doing at this very moment, she’d rather be listening to RadioLab.

lweber@wdet.org   Follow @laurawdet

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