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Incarceration Nation

Incarceration Nation

In 1970, around 400,000 people were in U.S. jails. Today, close to 2.5 million are behind bars. This means one out of every 100 people is in a federal or state penitentiary. Though the U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, it holds roughly 24 percent of the world’s prison population. With so many in jail, and an estimated 10 million Americans cycling in and out of correctional facilities each year, we look at the incarceration crisis.

This hour—from the county jails to the state penitentiary, we’ll look at everything from prisoner’s rights, to prison reform. We’re joined by Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral and James Byrne, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UMass Lowell.


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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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