RATTLING THE BARS

Rattling the Bars, hosted by former Black Panther and political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, puts the voices of the people most harmed by our system of mass incarceration at the center of our reporting on the fight to end it.

Rattling the Bars offers an honest look at the lives of prisoners, returning citizens, their families, and their communities. With Rattling the Bars, by presenting hard data and real-life stories, we examine and seek to shift public opinion around the misconception that incarceration, punishment, and increased policing make cities safer—the truth of which has been disproven by countless studies. The series examines the history and root causes of the current so-called justice system. It showcases individuals and communities nationwide who are grappling with real solutions to problems created by the prison-industrial complex.

Latest episode

Eddie Conway’s Update on Forgotten Political Prisoners

Former political prisoner Eddie Conway hosts this special episode of Rattling the Bars highlighting political prisoners that are still imprisoned after several decades. Story Transcript EDDIE CONWAY: I’m Eddie Conway, host of Rattling the Bars. As many well-known political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal continue to suffer in prison… MUMIA ABU JAMAL: In an area where […]


Recent episodes

Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote?

Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing. Story Transcript EDDIE CONWAY: Thank you for joining this episode of Rattling the Bars. On October 17, the New York City […]

California Lawmakers Passed a Bill Banning Private Prisons

Activist Amani Sawari talks about what the impact on people in private prisons and immigration detention centers will be if Governor Gavin Newsom signs AB32, which would phase out private prisons by 2028. Story Transcript EDDIE CONWAY: I’m Eddie Conway, host of Rattling the Bars for The Real News Network. California lawmakers passed a bill […]

With Rikers Island Jail to Close, Activists Fight Against Four New Jails

Eddie Conway speaks to Brittany Williams and Ngozi Alston from No New Jails NYC about the four new jails planned for construction in New York in 2020, which have $11 billion earmarked for their construction and will be the tallest jails in the world. They say these will continue the legacy of mass incarceration. Story […]

What Is the Financial Cost to Society of Wrongful Convictions?

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s office houses a Conviction Integrity Unit that addresses wrongful convictions. Eddie Conway talked to Marilyn Mosby about their goals for the unit and to Walter Lomax and Michael Austin, both wrongfully convicted and exonerated, about their losses and how the justice system needs to change. Story Transcript LAUREN LIPSCOMB: I’ll never forget […]

Ankle Monitors Continue the Legacy of Mass Incarceration

Pre-trial detention has shifted from brick and mortar prisons to ankle monitors for people that have yet to be charged with a crime. Advocates say that it’s an alternative form of incarceration as they see an increasing number of people held without bond. Story Transcript CATE TURNER: In February 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals […]

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