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Your Call: How are the media covering the growing multi-billion dollar prison industry?


On the July 24th edition of Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we'll discuss coverage of President Obama's visit to a federal prison facility and prison reform.

We’ll also discuss the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the White House. We'll be joined by Truthout's Maya Schenwar, The International Business Times' Eric Markowitz and Sahara Reporters' Omoyele Sowore. Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout, and the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better

Eric Markowitz, senior writer at International Business Times'

Omoyele Sowore, founder and publisher of SaharaReporters.com

Web Resources:

The International Business Times: Inside the Shadowy Business of Prison Phone Calls

Truthout: Stop Punishing People for Poverty: Abolish Bail

Sahara Report: Buhari Town Hall Meeting In US Turns Into An Embarrassment, Many Nigerians Banned After Being Invited

Journalist’s Resource: Why are so many people in U.S. prisons? Key findings from the National Research Council

TIME: Sandra Bland’s Not the First Black Woman to Experience Police Violence

Quartz: The myth of the “bad” prisoner: Why we’re thinking about US prison reform all wrong