Posts Tagged ‘podcast’


Presentence investigations have been an important aspect of the criminal sentencing process for many years. Listen to my audio post below to learn about who writes PSIs, what goes into a PSI, and how judges use that information.

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For more information about PSIs and how they’re used, check out:

What is a presentence report?

Law and legal definition

Federal Probation Presentence Investigation Unit

American Probation and Parole Association Position Statement on the PSI

One state’s rules about PSIs

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Well, I’ve taken the plunge and put together my very first podcast.  I’m trying to keep it simple at this point, so this first episode is only a few minutes long and simply discusses three common myths about crime and criminals: Crime is on the increase, all offenders are the same, and there’s nothing we can do to change criminal behavior. 

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CJ Podcast – Three Myths About Crime

Students, teachers, and administrators working together at Harper High School to create a safe learning environment for all.

This weekend, I listened to the first part of a fascinating two-part podcast by This American Life out of WBEZ in Chicago. The episode was about students, teachers, and administrators in Chicago who are struggling against a tide of gang violence that has shifted in unexpected ways in recent years. It’s a story we don’t often hear reported with this type of depth, and it reveals the amazing work that some of the unsung heroes in our school system are doing and how they’re trying to create a safe place to learn for all, often against terrible odds.

If you have an hour to spare this week, I highly recommend giving it a listen. Whether you’re involved in the educational system or the criminal justice system, there’s something valuable there for everyone.