Rebroadcast: The Day After Prison

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Open Source is off this week, so we’re re-broadcasting five shows we developed last year the month after Katrina hit as part of an ongoing series on race and class. Tonight: The Day After Prison.

From Chris’s original billboard:

Coming out of prison, it could be a life-changing help to have some of the standard cards in a man’s pocket: Medicaid or some health or hospital ID; a Social Security card for job purposes and a driver’s license; a bank-card access to a few dollars in cash; or a birth-certificate, for starters. But in fact many among the 650,000 people leaving prison this year reenter the world empty-handed. After ten years away, you probably don’t have a job and you may not have a home to go to. Socially speaking, you’re radioactive: even a small slip back to the wrong substances or the wrong company can mean trouble with the parole officer, and more trouble for the family and friends you’re depending on. You could feel your reentry has been programmed to fail, even without knowing that the odds are in fact almost 2-to-1 that you’ll be back behind bars.

Chris Lydon, Open Source, May 1, 2006

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  • pegasus

    I realize this is a rebroadcast, but it’s the first time I’ve heard it. FYI: Martin Horn slipped one by: he referred to what they provide for “sentenced” prisoners. What they provide for the thousands of *unsentenced* prisoners who pass through the NYC jail doors each year is criminal. Their discharge planning has improved (such as it has) only by court order, which the city fought bitterly (and Mr. Horn has worked in several administrations, so he was there for that fight): see the Brad H case. How can he reel off the list of misfortunes of so many prisoners (mental health and addictive problems for example) and so cavalierly have not considered the idea of “rehabilitation”?

    And the alleged health care provided by PHS, the for-profit company that the city has been hiring both in the previous administration and this one, has been roundly ciriticized by the state department of health. Yet their contract has been repeatedly renewed.

    So, a little more research needs to be done, I think.

  • Old Nick

    The current runaway leader of the (fictional) Best ROS Post of 2006 is this one from nother: http://www.radioopensource.org/race-class-and-prisons/#comment-9166 —which was in the thread for this hour’s first go-round on April 10th, 2006 at 1:24 am.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • nother

    Thanks man.