Category Archives: Mass Incarceration

Stienstra Interview – Podcast March 29, 2021

Restoration Versus Retribution. Co-hosts Hava Derby and Steve Williamson welcome Dustin Gilman Stienstra, Executive Director of Northern Arizona Restorative Justice, to address the failures of our current justice system and how restorative justice can help break the cycle of crime. … Continue reading

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Podcast February 8, 2021

Unequal Under The Law. Steve Williamson, Hava Derby and Gary LaMaster continue the discussion on criminal justice reform. To begin the conversation, they note that the U.S. incarcerates more people than any other nation – 2.1 million as of 2018. … Continue reading

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Podcast January 4, 2021

A Look Back At One Of The Most Eventful Years In US History. The Democratic Perspective crew recaps some of the biggest stories of 2020. Klaus von Stutterheim covers the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve Williamson wraps up the presidential elections, Gary … Continue reading

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Nair Interview – Podcast April 1, 2019

Trying To Make Sense Of Violence. Democratic Perspective hosts Steve Williamson, Mike Cosentino and Klaus von Stutterhem welcome professor Sheila Nair from Northern Arizona University. An expert on Southeast Asia, she has studied the effects of the genocide in Cambodia … Continue reading

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Scott Thomas Anderson Interview — Podcast October 2, 2017

The Cutting Four-Piece: Scott Thomas Anderson, Investigative Reporter, On the Crime and Tragedy of Prison Overcrowding.  Mike Cosentino interviews Scott Thomas Anderson, crime reporter for the Sacramento News and Review. His book, The Cutting Four-Piece, offers an illuminating tour through the … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence: A Closer Look — Podcast October 3, 2016

We Have Some Decisions To Make: The Politics of Artificial Intelligence Deployments. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Bill Timberman discuss the unexpectedly early and widespread deployment of artificial intelligence applications, and their disruptive effect on familiar social and economic arrangements. A case … Continue reading

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Legalizing Marijuana in Arizona: The Pros and Cons of Ballot Proposition 205 — Podcast September 19, 2016

First Do No Harm: How Will the De-Criminalization and Regulation of Marijuana Affect Arizona’s Public Health and Safety? Democratic Perspective hosts a debate on the merits of Arizona’s Proposition 205, and whether or not its proposed decriminalization of marijuana sale and use — within certain legally … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … Continue reading

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Debt Peonage as a Source of Revenue: Paying for Government by Fining the Poor — Podcast April 27, 2015

On the Backs of the Poor: The Great Recession and the Criminalization of Debt. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson analyze the effect on the poor, especially minorities, of the disturbing recent trend toward financing hard-pressed local governments through … Continue reading

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2014: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast December 29, 2014

Looking Back AND Forward: Democratic Perspective’s 2014 in Review. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the most prominent themes of Democratic Perspective’s broadcasts in 2014. From the growing inequality in income and wealth in the U.S. to dark money and phony Republican scandals in national … Continue reading

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