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Your Call: How do the media shape public views on prisons?

On the August 21st edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll continue our week-long series on the US prison system by discussing media coverage of the issues we focused on this week: how we got here, reform, solitary confinement, and youth.

We’ll also discuss sentencing and prison practices in Germany and the arrests hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists in China. How do the media shape public views on prisons? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Maurice Chammah, staff writer with the Marshall Project

Paul Mooney, freelance journalist who has reported on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and more recently Burma since 1985

Michael Ames, freelance reporter covering politics and environmental issues

Web Resources:

Vice: Why I Invested in the Prison-Industrial Complex

Marshall Projects: How Germany Does Prison

New Republic: Why Conservatives' Prison Reform Plans Won't Work

Harper’s: Captive Market: Why We Won’t Get Prison Reform

FIDH: China - Open letter : Arrest of a large group of human rights lawyers in China

China Exchange: 14 Cases Exemplify the Role Played by Lawyers in the Rights Defense Movement, 2003–2015

BBC: Why is China's female prison population growing?