This is the show where we probe all the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to prison and the way out.
On this episode, we ask what happens when African-American children first encounter the reality of racism. What do they do with it? How do they process it? Can their encounters with racism influence their behavior? Could it even influence the turn to crime?
Joining Dave for this episode are his Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail co-authors Kelvin Belton, Terence Scruggs, and Stan Craddock.
Also appearing on this episode is Dr. Shawn Jones, a clinical psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University with expertise in the psychological and social wellbeing of Black youth and their families. His focus is on the unique strengths of the Black experience, and he is passionate about eliminating racial disparities in mental health.
Episode 1 was produced by Robb Crocker. When he is not producing this show or working on his PhD. at VCU, you can hear his sports podcast, RobbUnfiltered, on Spotify. Music for the Writing Our Way Out Podcast is performed by Chris Coogan.