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Nearly one in two Black women in the US have a loved one who has been impacted by our prison system. Many become de facto civilian experts as a result. Some rise to lead as catalysts for change. And now, scores of Black women are joining the ranks—as officers of the court, police, and judges—to manage and advance a system that has had such an outsized impact on their lives. On today’s episode we look at the many ways Black women are leading the conversation around policy and reform within the criminal justice system.
Photo: Sara Nevis
Alesha Monteiro, an advocate to those incarcerated, poses for a photo at the state Capitol in Sacramento, California.
- Sheila Y. Rogers – Interim Police Chief in South Fulton, Ga.
- Judge Shannon B. Baldwin has practiced law for over 22 years prior to becoming a judge. She is licensed in Georgia and Texas.
- Debra M. Davis is a Maryland State Delegate since January 9, 2019
- Alesha Monteiro, a member of the Essie Justice Group and an advocate to those incarcerated.
70 Million Staff
Editor: Jen Chien
Episode Reporter: Pamela Kirkland
Host: Mitzi Miller
Sound Designer: Elizabeth Nakano
Photo Editor: Michelle Baker
Episode Photographer: Sara Nevis, Brandon Tobias, Alyssa Pointer
Lead Fact Checker: Mark Betancourt
Staff Writer: Emma Forbes
Lead Producer: Cedric Wilson
Creator/Executive Producer: Juleyka Lantigua
Making Contact Staff
Host: Salima Hamirani
Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
- 70 Million Podcast
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- Essie Justice Group
- Policing Women
- Demarginalizing The Intersection Between Race and Sex
- African American Women and Mass Incarceration
- Gendering the Carceral State
- Black Women Were Fighting
- Why Black Women Feel Torn About Harris
- Black Lives Matter
- Criminal Justice Fact Sheet
- An Unjust Burden
- As a Black Female Law Professor
- Essie Justice Podcast
- Identity Politics
- We Abolish Prisons and Policing, Then What?