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Ep 00: Prison is Crime College -- 3 Doses of Reality
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Ep. 20: Pastor Chris Harris -- Bright Star Community Outreach and TURN Model for Safer Communities
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Ep. 20: Pastor Chris Harris -- Bright Star Community Outreach and TURN Model for Safer Communities

Ep. 20: Pastor Chris Harris -- Bright Star Community Outreach and TURN Model for Safer Communities

Pastor Chris Harris speaks about Bright Star Community Outreach, NATAL training, the TURN Center in Bronzeville in south Chicago, and the TURN Model of coalition building to reduce trauma and build safer communities.

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Ep. 19: Problem-Solving Courts - Conversation With Judge Jeff Ford

Ep. 19: Problem-Solving Courts - Conversation With Judge Jeff Ford

Judge Jeff Ford (ret.), a pioneer of problem-solving courts and past president of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts, provides an inside look into this growing approach to criminal justice and explains his experience with creating and managing problem-solving courts in Champaign County in central Illinois.

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Ep. 18 - Virgia Brewer: From Decades of Abuse and Trauma to Present Happiness (What Made the Difference)

Ep. 18 - Virgia Brewer: From Decades of Abuse and Trauma to Present Happiness (What Made the Difference)

Virgia Brewer. To meet this wonderful woman today, you would have no idea she is a survivor of decades of abuse and trauma, beginning as a sexually exploited child – exploited and abused by family members no less, beginning at age seven. Now she is happy. Hear what made the difference.

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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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