In 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were behind bars. If that were a city, it would be the nation’s fifth largest. That’s a critical community and one journalists often struggle to reach. On this episode, we’ll be exploring ways journalists can amplify the voices of inmates. The Marshall Project’s Eli Hager discusses the nonprofit’s popular “Life Inside” feature that highlights first-person essays from inmates and others close to the criminal justice system. Next, Shaheen Pasha and Razvan Sibii, senior lecturers in UMass Amherst’s journalism department, walk us through their prison journalism course. Their class pairs university students with inmates to tell stories from inside and out.

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RESOURCES

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MUSIC

Three Stories (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Greylock (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Kid Kodi (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Walking Shoes (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Begrudge (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Algea Trio (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Home Home at Last (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 3.0

 

CREDITS

Tessa Weinberg reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.