Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, a generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar. That means when you give $10 to Democracy Now!, we'll receive $20. So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

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

StoryAugust 28, 2002
Watch iconWatch Full Show

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.

Tape:

  • 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.

Related links:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation