Perception Gaps Locked Up

Challenging perceptions in mass incarceration

Welcome to “Perception Gaps: Locked up”

Nelson Mandela once said, “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” 

The United States is the No. 1 incarcerator of people in the world. But do we really understand our criminal justice system? Why do we lock up so many people, and how does that affect our society? In this season of “Perception Gaps,” I'm joined by my colleagues Henry Gass and Jessica Mendoza to challenge what we think we know about the criminal justice system, examine the impact of putting people behind bars, and find humanity in a flawed and damaging institution.

Season 2: Locked Up

In Season 2 of “Perception Gaps,” we explore misperceptions in the American criminal justice system. We look at the history of mass incarceration, racial disparities in the system, and the role imprisonment plays in the U.S. today.

America Behind Bars

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The American criminal justice system is based on the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty. But did you know that most people in jail have not been convicted of a crime? How is this happening? In Episode 1 of Season 2, host Samantha Laine Perfas explores the history of incarceration in the U.S. and the far-reaching effects of locking up millions of people. With guests: criminal law professor Alexandra Natapoff, sociologist Bruce Western, “70 Million” podcast creator Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, and clients of the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

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Introducing Perception Gaps Season 2: Locked up

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Join the Monitor's Samantha Laine Perfas, Henry Gass, and Jessica Mendoza as they discuss the next season of Perception Gaps, which focuses on misperceptions in the criminal justice system.

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