Thursday, December 20, 2018

Let's Talk: A compilation of #cjreform interviews

Grits has been enjoying the interviews for Just Liberty's Reasonably Suspicious podcast and  compiled them all in one spot, plus some of the interviews done on Grits (with apologies for the lesser audio quality) before we moved to a format with better production values. I'd first published this in February and thought I'd update it at year's end. Enjoy:
  • Ron DeLord of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, Chris Perkins of the Austin Police Association, and Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition discuss the battle over installing accountability reforms in and around the Austin police contract. 
  • Kathy Mitchell on new police accountability reform measures in Austin.
  • Susanne Pringle of the Texas Fair Defense Act gives a primer on the status of Harris County bail litigation as of October 2018.
  • Audio of Dallas DA candidate debate between John Creuzot and Faith Johnson.
  • Pamela Colloff, writer for ProPublica and New York Times Magazine discusses the apparent false conviction of former high-school principal Joe Bryan based on faulty blood-spatter evidence.
  • Texas Republicans for Justice Reform: Our special, hour-long podcast aimed at promoting justice reform in the state Republican party platform at the state convention featured interviews with Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen, Conservative Coalition Research Institute Director Jason Isaac, outgoing Texas Young Republican Federation Chairman John Baucum, Charles Blain from Empower Texans' Restore Justice Project, Heather Fazio of Citizens for Responsible Marijuana Policy, and David Safavian, of the American Conservative Union Foundation.
  • Democratic Convention Special: This special podcast promoted #cjreform planks in the Texas state Democratic platform in 2018. It features original music and interviews with state Rep. Gene Wu, Austin Justice Coalition executive director Chas Moore, as well as Sukyi McMahon and Kathy Mitchell with Just Liberty.
  • Susanne Pringle: The legal director of the Texas Fair Defense Project discusses the ongoing civil rights litigation over unconstitutional bail practices in Harris County as of April 2018.
  • Kent Whitaker, father and only surviving victim of death-row inmate scheduled for execution February 2018 pleads for his son's life.
  • Ron DeLord, founder of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and lead negotiator on the Austin police union contract.
  • Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the national Innocence Project, discussing prospects and barriers to forensic reform.
  • Brandi Grissom, former Austin bureau chief at the Dallas Morning News on the Texas Juvenile Justice Department sex-abuse scandal she covered as her final story.
  • Sam Sinyangwe, co-founder of Campaign Zero and director of the Mapping Police Violence Project discussing police violence and the Austin police-union contract.
  • Emily Gerrick, staff attorney at the Texas Fair Defense Project, discussing legislation reforming debtors prisons and what Texas judges can do to reduce incarceration for debt.
  • James White, Chairman of the Corrections Committee in the Texas House, discussing the 2017 legislative session and future prospects for sentencing reform.
  • Becky Bernhardt, executive director of the Texas Fair Defense Project discusses Harris County bail-reform litigation to which her group is a party.
  • Amanda Marzullo, executive director of the Texas Defender Service, making the case for a capital appellate public defender.
  • Eva Ruth Moravec, reporter covering police shootings of unarmed people in Texas talks about her beat.
  • Amanda Woog, academic discussing her project gathering data on Texas police shootings and deaths in custody. See an earlier interview about her project.
  • Sandra Guerra Thompson, law professor at the University of Houston discussing her new book, Cops in Lab Coats.
  • Erica Gammill, executive director of the Prison Justice League discusses the problems and opportunities posed by organizing prisoners directly.
  • Amanda Marzullo, policy director of the Texas Defender Service, discusses implementation of the Michael Morton Act.
  • Amanda Marzullo, policy director of the Texas Defender Service, discusses what's next after 2015 grand jury reforms.
  • Amanda Marzullo, policy director of the Texas Defender Service, discusses the interplay between the Legislature and the Court of Criminal Appeals regarding Texas' junk-science writ, as well as 2015 legislation requiring prosecutors to notify defense when seeking an execution date.
  • Becky Bernhardt: On excessive caseloads of attorneys representing indigent defendants.
  • Jennifer Laurin, UT law professor, discussing prosecutorial misconduct and oversight.
  • Jeff Blackburn, Amarillo attorney and former legal director of the Innocence Project of Texas, discussing traffic tickets as local revenue generators.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two years after Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld started the Innocence Project in 1992, they rushed to join the O. J. Simpson defense team.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Neufeld wasn't on OJ's defense team. And I'm not sure Barry "rushed to join" it, he was just hired. He's a lawyer. It's his job.

Anonymous said...

How about including the Innocent Project clients when trying to reform the "justice system"? I am sure you could get some good reply's for reform.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

10:34 - Those would be good interviews. FWIW, when I was policy director at the Innocence Project of Texas, I spent countless hours cultivating and training exoneree spokesmen and walking around the capital with them. It's how most of Texas' innocence reforms got passed. But I don't work for them anymore, and I wasn't doing the podcast back then.

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