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Both Sides of the Bars: Repurposing Closed Prisons to Strengthen Communities

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
Description Between 2000 and 2022, 21 states partially closed or fully closed at least one correctional facility and reduced correctional capacity in the United States by 81,444 prison beds, according to a report by The Sentencing Project (TSP). For example, in New York State, a closed medium-security prison has been repurposed as a movie and TV studio, while in Tennessee, a former maximum-security prison has been repurposed as a whiskey distillery and campgrounds. Unfortunately, such projects are more of an exception than the norm. In this episode of BSOTB, the report's author - TSP senior director of advocacy Nicole D. Porter -- discusses how out of step the U.S.'s scale of incarceration is with the rest of the world and the unacceptable racial bias that dominates criminal legal practices.
DateApril 17, 2023