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Wed., 1/18/12
Should the Gov. Strike Down "Three Strikes?"

Should the Gov. Strike Down "Three Strikes"?
In November, the Massachusetts legislature passed what's been dubbed "three strikes" legislation. The idea is to keep habitual offenders imprisoned for longer sentences, with no likelihood of early release and parole. Supporters say "three strikes" gives the state more leverage to come down hard on career criminals, but opponents say it's costly and that it unfairly affects people of color. Now, with the Senate and House bills in committee and heading to Governonr Deval Patrick's desk soon, we look into how this has played out in other states, and whether it's right for Massachusetts.

We want to get your take on "three strikes." Do you want to see this law passed? Would you feel safer? Do you think this would hit communities of color harder than others? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.

GUESTS: 
  Les Gosule
, a supporter of "three strikes" legislation. In 1999, his daughter was murdered by a career criminal
  Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C., former consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.
  Bruce Tarr, State Senator from Gloucester, voted in favor of the Senate bill to institute a "three strikes and your in" policy in Massachusetts.
  Rev. George Walters-Sleyon, director of the Center for Church and Prison in Dorchester. The Center for Church and Prison will hold a public meeting on "three strikes" legislation on January 27th.
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*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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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