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Justice Voices is a podcast featuring
“stories that need to be told, voices that need to be heard”
regarding crime and criminal justice issues.

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Ep 14 Part 2: Michael Tafolla

Ep 14 Part 2: Michael Tafolla

Part 2 of Michael Tafolla's story and his message about trauma, violence, transformation, and restorative justice.

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Ep. 14 - Michael Tafolla

Ep. 14 - Michael Tafolla

Michael Tafolla shares part 1 of his story of childhood trauma from chronic victimization by gang-related gun violence and how as a teenager he became what he feared when he took up the gun, leading him to prison for murder, where he changed his life.

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Ep. 13 - Pastor Jennifer Stephens

Ep. 13 - Pastor Jennifer Stephens

Pastor Jennifer Stephens shares her story of experiencing the trauma of victimization, self-medication with alcohol, jail and prison, support from church and family, reentry to community life after release, barriers faced because of her felony record – amounting to permanent punishment – resource recommendations for formerly incarcerated people in the Chicago area, her path to the ministry in the United Methodist Church, lessons learned, and her concluding message to the public about how to view formerly incarcerated citizens.

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About the show

Justice Voices is a podcast featuring “stories that need to be told, voices that need to be heard” regarding crime and criminal justice issues.

The program’s founder and host, David Risley, is a former career federal prosecutor and former Director of Public Safety Policy in the Illinois Governor’s office (for more information, see his personal website).

The program features the stories and voices of people with lived experience with crime and the criminal justice system, including such topics as reentry to community and family life after prison, healing from the trauma of being the victim of crime and trauma leading to commission of crime, the prison experience, effective policing, and community efforts of prevent and combat crime.

For many episodes, Mr. Risley is joined by co-host Lynard Joiner. The two originally met on opposite sides of the law on opposite sides of a federal courtroom, with Mr. Risley as prosecutor and Mr. Joiner as defendant. Now, they are good friends and collaborators on this and other projects.

After serving 17 years in prison, Mr. Joiner founded and is CEO of Shifting Into New Gear (SING), a nonprofit organization through which he provides mentoring and resource navigation services to citizens returning to Springfield, Illinois after release from prison. He is also author of the book, LJ’s Cocoon: Going to Prison Saved My Life.

Meet the Hosts

David Risley

The program’s founder and host, David Risley, is a former career federal prosecutor and former Director of Public Safety Policy in the Illinois Governor’s office.

Lynard Joiner

Co-host Lynard Joiner – a former defendant in a case prosecuted by Mr. Risley — is founder and CEO of Shifting Into New Gear (SING), providing mentoring and resource navigation services to people returning to Springfield, Illinois, after release from prison.

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