Prison Project Podcast

Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Welcome to The Prison Project Podcast — a podcast hosted by Alexis Raskin about criminal and social justice issues, from prison reform to ethics, and everything in between.

In the United States, we incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, yet most people have little to no understanding of what goes on in our local prisons. After volunteering at Northampton County Prison for two years as a GED tutor, WDIY's Alexis Raskin wanted to give listeners an understanding of the vast injustices of mass incarceration through the lense of different guest speakers.

The Prison Project Podcast explores the impacts of incarceration on marginalized communities, the ethics of the death penalty, mental health and receovery court, legal trends in bioethics, solitary confinement, drug addiction, and much more. The goal of this podcast is that, through voicing these stories, listeners will consider the impact of these issues on the human lives behind bars in their own community.

On the fourth installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with public defender Rory Discole, who is the lead attorney for the Northampton County Mental Health Court. They discuss the Mental Health Court's inception and design, goals and outcomes, plus how it reduces criminal recidivism.

On the first installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with fellow Lehigh graduate Tori Campbell ('20) who volunteered at Northampton County Prison as a GED tutor through Lehigh University's Prison Project.

On the second installment of the Prison Project Podcast, Alexis Raskin talks with Dr. Lloyd Steffen, the director of Lehigh University's Prison Project. Dr. Steffen explains the Prison Project's beginnings, goals, and the positive effects on its participants.

On the third installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin sits down with Dr. Dena Davis, who discusses volunteering with Lehigh University's Prison Project including the differences between jails and prisons, her focus on tutoring young women prisoners, and the specific challenges women face in the prison system.

On the fifth and final installment of the Prison Project Podcast, host Alexis Raskin talks with Craig Dally, a Mental Health Court and Recovery Court judge at the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Dally offers a judge's perspective of the benefits of Mental Health Court and Recovery Court and how Recovery Court supports a process of rehabilitation rather than criminalization of drug dependency issues.