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IRE Radio Podcast | Solitary to the Streets

This week we're taking a look at a joint investigation between The Marshall Project and NPR. The two teamed up to look at what happens when prisoners go straight from solitary confinement back to the streets. Reporters Christie Thompson and Joseph Shapiro will discuss how they worked through common prison reporting roadblocks.

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Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week's podcast? We've collected them for you. 

  • Read the Marshall Project’s version of the story, which focused on Mark.
  • Listen to NPR’s versions of the story: Part 1 | Part 2
  • Get the data. The Marshall Project published a GitHub repo with all the data collected by reporter Christie Thompson from all the states that could provide it.
  • Members only: Listen to Jennifer Gonnerman of the New Yorker talk about her story on Kalief Browder, an 18-year-old who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. Approximately two of those years were spent in solitary.



Shawn Shinneman reported this episode. Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Music in this episode is by Podington Bear.

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