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70 Million: A Special Court Keeping Native Americans out of Jail

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Kirsten made her way out of jail and addiction with the help of a special court on the Penobscot Nation reservation in Maine. There, culture and justice work together to bypass traditional punitive measures for more restorative ones. Reporter Lisa Bartfai visits the Healing to Wellness Court to see how it all works.

Image Caption: Courtroom chairs set up in a circle for a Healing to Wellness session. Photo by Greta Rybus.

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  • Maria, and Maria’s Niece, Asylum Seeker in the US from Guatemala
  • Alexa Tamar Smith, American border Activist and Volunteer
  • Ansly Damus, Asylum Seeker from Haiti
  • Michael Tan, Attorney
  • Melody Hart and Gary Benjamin, offered to sponsor Ansly Damus
  • Sean Wellock, Maria’s Attorney
  • Anita Romero, offered to sponsor Maria
  • James Pennington, First Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute

Music Credit:

Soft and Furious – Interconnected Sleep

ALIBI – Going Downtown_Full w Synth Arp

ALIBI – Primal Colours_Full w Synth Lead

ALIBI – Undiscovered Secrets_Full w Synth Pulse

ALIBI – Silent Steps_Radio Edit


70 Million Team:

  • Editors: Phyllis Fletcher, Laura Flynn
  • Episode Reporter: Sarah McClure
  • Sound Designer: Cedric Wilson
  • Managing Producer: Virginia Lora
  • Photo Editor: Michelle Baker
  • Staff Writer: Laura Tillman
  • Design Director: Kenia D. Serrette
  • Fact Checkers: Ryan Katz
  • Producer: Emma Forbes
  • Creator/Executive Producer: Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

Making Contact Team:

  • Host: Salima Hamirani
  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green

Annotated Transcript


Author: Radio Project

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