Stories from the System
 

Louisiana is the world's incarceration capital.  

Unprisoned is a radio show and podcast that tells the stories behind the statistics: the ways our families, neighborhoods, and notions justice are impacted by our criminal justice system. 

How are we serving time outside? 

From New Orleans, the world's incarceration capital, Unprisoned investigates why Louisiana leads the world in per-capita incarceration.  

 
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Photos by Cheryl Gerber

ABOUT UNPRISONED

Unprisoned airs on WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, and WBOK, New Orleans' home for news and talk from an African American perspective.  Unprisoned is a 2017 Peabody Finalist and the recipient of a Gabriel Award and a New Orleans Press Club Award.  Unprisoned was piloted through Finding America, a national initiative produced by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc., striving to make public media serve and represent more of the public.

Unprisoned Lead Producer Eve Abrams is a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow.  Check out her other work at eveabrams.com.

 

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Unprisoned Episodes

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Episode 1

People who've served time are being left out of voting

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Episode 2

For many in New Orleans, Municipal Court is the gateway to the criminal justice system

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Episode 3

With so many homeless caught up in the criminal justice system, New Orleans holds court at a shelter

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Episode 4

If you pass through New Orleans courts, innocent or not, you still have to pay

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Episode 5

Black families in New Orleans live in constant fear of having their young men put in jail

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Episode 6

This Louisiana mother waits, and paints, and strives to free her son

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Episode 7

A New Orleans rabbi and her congregants are starting new conversations about mass incarceration

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Episode 8

Jahi Salaam, A Young New Orleans Poet, Raps About Prison, School And Poverty

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Episode 9

These young New Orleans dancers want the police to know they are not a threat

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Episode 10

Security And Discipline In New Orleans Charter Schools Makes Many Students Feel Unsafe

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Episode 11

What Does 'Adult' Mean In The Eyes Of The Law? In Louisiana, Many People Are Working To Change It

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Episode 12

As New Orleans Incarcerates More People, More Children Have A Parent Behind Bars

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Episode 13

A Family Rallies Around Their Brother As He Leaves Prison Yet Again

Episode 14

How Are The Record Number Of People Returning From Louisiana Prisons Making Their Way In The World?