The Criminal Justice Insider Podcast



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The Criminal Justice Insider Podcast with Babz Rawls Ivy and Jeff Grant is broadcast live at 9 am ET on the first and third Friday of each month Sept.-June




From the WNHH 103.5 FM studios in New Haven.
It is rebroadcast on WNHH at 5 pm ET the same day.
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Season Four Program/Guests List:

Ep. 54: Mike Lawlor, University of New Haven

Ep. 55: Josh Elliott, CT State Representative

Ep. 56: The Inaugural Inductees into the CT Hall of Change

Ep. 57: Tonier Cain, Live at the Trauma & Recovery Conference Presented by The Connecticut Women’s Consortium

Ep. 58: D.J. Vodicka, Author of The Green Wall

Ep. 59: Louis L. Reed, Director of Organizing & Partnerships for #Cut50

Ep. 60:  Yukari Iwatani Kane, Shaheen Pasha & Christopher Etienne, Prison Journalism Project

Ep. 61: Anderson Curtis, Gus Marks-Hamilton, and Shelby Henderson, ACLU Smart Justice Connecticut

Ep. 62: Quan Huynh, Author of Sparrow in the Razor Wire

Ep. 63: Scot X. Esdaile, Connecticut NAACP

Ep. 64:  Robyn Porter, CT State Representative

Ep. 65: Free Prison Phones Calls Show, with Bianca Tylek, Venezia Michalsen & Jewu Richardson

Ep. 66: LaResse Harvey & Tracie Bernardi, Once Incarcerated

Ep. 67: Shannon Ross & Kayleigh Atkinson of The Community, Milwaukee, WI

Ep. 68: Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Healing Communities USA

Ep. 69: Babz Interviews Jeff About the Reinstatement of His Law License After Prison





Season Three Program/Guests List:


Ep. 35: Khalil Cumberbatch, Chief Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice

Ep. 36: Aaron T. Kinzel, Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Ep 37: Charlie Grady, Outreach Specialist for the FBI CT Community Outreach Program

Ep. 38: Michael Kimelman, Former Hedge Funder and Author of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

Ep 39: Corey Brinson, Former Attorney Convicted for a White Collar Crime who is running for Hartford City Council

Ep. 40: Cathryn Lavery, Ph.D., Asst. Chair & Graduate Coordinator for the Iona College Criminal Justice Department

Ep. 41: “Free Prison Phone Calls” Show, CT Rep. Josh Elliott & Tiheba Bain

Ep. 42: John Hamilton, CEO, Liberation Programs

Ep. 43: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Lawyer, Poet, Lecturer on Mass Incarceration

Ep. 44: Serena Ligouri, Executive Director, New Hour for Women & Children – L.I.

Ep. 45: David Garlock, Program Director, New Person Ministries, Lancaster, PA Fri.,

Ep. 46: Larry Levine, Talk Show Host & Criminal Justice Consultant

Ep. 47: Hans Hallundbaek, Interfaith Prison Partnership

Ep. 48: Tiheba Bain, Women’s Incarceration Advocate

Ep. 49: Rev. Dr. Chris Kimmenez, Executive Director, Healing Communities Prison Ministry

Ep. 50: Icy Frantz, Activist, Columnist, Philanthropist

Ep. 51: Eilene Zimmerman, Author of “Smacked: A Story of White Collar Ambition, Addiction and Tragedy”.

Ep. 52: Scott Semple, Former CT Commissioner of Correction, and Alex Frank & John Hart, Vera Institute of Justice

Ep. 53: Children of Incarcerated Parents Show with Aileen Keays, Nishka Ayala, & Isis DeLoatch



Season Two Program/Guest List:


Ep. 16: Kennard Ray, CT Unlock the Vote and Candidate for CT State Legislator

Ep. 17: Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50

Ep. 18: Sue Gunderman (Hartford Interim Director of Reentry Services) & Beth Hines (Executive Director, Community Partners in Action), CT Reentry Roundtables

Ep. 19: Venice Michalsen, Assoc. Professor of Justice Studies, Montclair State University

Ep. 20: Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, Central Connecticut State University

Ep. 21: Glenn E. Martin, Founder/Consultant of GEM Trainers and Past- President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA

Ep. 22: Ferando Muñiz, CEO of Community Solutions, Inc. and Rosa Correa, Community Leader

Ep. 23: CJI New Year’s Retrospective Show Looking Back at Past Guests

Ep. 24: Peter J. Henning, Professor of Law, Wayne State University & “White Collar Watch” Columnist, NY Times

Ep. 25: Jeffrey Deskovic, CEO of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation who was Exonerated after Serving 16 Years in Prison

Ep. 26: Jeffrey Abramowitz, Executive Director for Reentry Services, JEVS Human Services, Philadelphia

Ep. 27: Rollin Cook, CT Commissioner of Correction

Ep. 28: Dieter Tejada, Justice Impacted Criminal Justice Advocate

Ep. 29: John Rowland, Former CT Governor

Ep. 30: Gregg D. Caruso, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning & Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Ep. 31: Michael Taylor, CEO of Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in the Greater New Haven area

Ep. 32: Tarra Simmons, Esq., Attorney & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, Washington State

Ep. 33: Louis L. Reed, National Organizer for #Cut50, Part Deux!

Ep. 34: Marcus Bullock, CEO of Flikshop



Season One Program/Guest List:


Ep. 01: Hon. Robyn Porter, CT State Legislator

Ep. 02: Hon. Scott Semple, CT Commissioner of Correction

Ep. 03: Amy Smoyer (Asst. Professor of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University) and Jackie Lucibello, New Haven Women’s Resettlement Working Group

Ep. 04: Lorenzo Jones, Co-Executive Director, Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice

Ep. 05: Cynthia Farrar, Co-Founder of Purple States and Producer of Life on Parole

Ep. 06: Danielle Cooper, Director of Research for the Tow Youth Justice Institute

Ep. 07: Hon. Joseph Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport, CT

Ep. 08: John Santa, Chair of Malta Justice Initiative and Member of CT Sentencing Commission

Ep. 09: Brent Peterkin, CT Director, Project Longevity & Board Chair, The Phoenix Association

Ep. 10: Scot X. Esdaile, President of NAACP CT, Chair of NAACP National Criminal Justice & Da’ee McKnight, Family ReEntry

Ep. 11: Earl Bloodworth, ED of the Warren Kimbro Reentry Project

Ep. 12: Jacqueline Polverari, ED of Evolution Family Reentry Services

Ep. 13: Mike Lawlor, CT Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy & Planning

Ep. 14: James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize Winning Author & Yale Law Professor

Ep. 15: Bill Carbone & Erika Nowakowski, Tow Youth Justice Institute, University of New Haven