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Young People Talk About the Juvenile Death Penalty; New Report Finds More African-American Men Are in Prison Than in College

August 28, 2002
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First we continue with the story of Toronto Patterson, the 24-year-old African-American man who is scheduled to be executed in Texas today. We’ll talk to the young people who interviewed him in prison.

Then, we discuss a new Justice Policy Institute study which has found that nearly 200,000 more African American men are in prison today than in college.

The study also found that since 1980 the African American population in prison has increased fivefold.

Meanwhile a new Justice Department report found 1 in every 32 adult Americans are now in prison, on parole or on probation.

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  • Toronto Patterson, 24-year old death row inmate set to die today in Texas.

Guests:

  • Trent Spiner, 16 years old.
  • Nina Pesa (Mia), 11 years old.
  • Vince Schiraldi, president, Justice Policy Institute.

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