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On this edition of Your Call, Alison Fogg Carlson joins us to discuss Walking in Grace: Miracles in a City of Angels, a collection of stories to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides education, therapy, job training, and tattoo removal services to former gang members in Los Angeles.

  Homeboy Industries provides a second chance at life to those who never had a first. What can we learn from former gang members who’ve gone through radical changes?

On this edition of Your Call: What are the demands of prisoners who are striking across the country?

  U.S. prisons currently house 2.3 million inmates. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss media coverage of the private prison industry, how corporations are profiting from prisoners' labor, and prison reform.


We’re continuing our discussion with 2017 Peacemaker Award Recipients. Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder of Way-Pass: Women's Aftercare Program and Supportive Services, joins us to discuss the unique barriers formerly incarcerated women face.

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.

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On the August 20th edition of Your Call, we continue our week-long series on the US prison system by discussing rehabilitation. 

Your Call Weekly Kudos: July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015

Every week on Your Call's Friday Media Roundtable, we ask the journalists on our panel to recommend great reporting they've seen this week.

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.

On today's Your Call we’ll talk about what’s changing in California’s prison system.  The Occupy Movement drew attention to the prison industrial complex this week with a day of action called “Occupy the Prisons.”  They are calling for an end to inhumane conditions for people behind bars.  Meanwhile, the realignment process is underway in California-- where low-level offenders are being moved from prisons to county jails.  Is this the best way to solve prison over-crowding?

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Nationally, women are the fastest growing prison population. And one of the highest female prison populations in the world is here in California. That's slated to change under the state's new realignment program. The number of women in prison is supposed to shrink drastically, by as much as half, over the next few years.

Can people from different political backgrounds come together to work for prison reform? On today's Your Call, we'll have a conversation about various efforts to reform the prison system in the US. Today, 2.3 million prisoners are in US jails, costing more than $44 billion. In California, more money is spent on prisons than education. What will it take to reform the system? How are groups with different political backgrounds joining forces? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.