In part two of Good Law | Bad Law 47, host Aaron Freiwald is joined for the first time by three guests: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Giovanni Reid, and John Pace. Joanna runs the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project in Philadelphia PA.

 

The YSRP works with juveniles who have been prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, including those who have been sentenced to life without parole. They help kids and young adults through the entire process from sentencing through their time in jail, offering them support and guidance, and finally with re-entry back into their community.

 

Joanna brought along two gentlemen that had benefited from the YSRP services Giovanni and John. Both gentlemen have been recently released and were kind enough to come in and share their stories with us.

 

To learn more about what YSRP does you can visit their website:

https://ysrp.org/

To learn more about the Juvenile Law Center you can visit their website:

http://jlc.org/

To learn about the cases that have made it possible for these young adults to have a chance at a free life click on the links below:

Roper v. Simmons made it illegal for courts to hand down the death penalty to minors.

Graham v. Florida declared it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to a life without parole sentence.

Montgomery v. Louisiana made the courts go back and re-try cases where a juvenile had been given a life without parole sentence.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Joanna Visser Adjoian, Giovanni Reid, and John Pace

 

 

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Brooke McCarthy a fellow at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA. Brooke is here to discuss mandatory life without parole sentences for Juveniles who have committed very serious crimes.

 

The Juvenile Law Center works to help over-turn or re-negotiate sentences of youths that have been convicted of violent crimes. Brooke tells us about three crucial cases that paved the way for organizations like the Juvenile Law Center to do what they are doing: Roper v. Simmons, Graham v. Florida, and Montgomery v. Louisiana.

 

Here are the cases we discuss on the show:

Roper v. Simmons made it illegal for courts to hand down the death penalty to minors.

Graham v. Florida declared it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to a life without parole sentence.

Montgomery v. Louisiana made the courts go back and re-try cases where a juvenile had been given a life without parole sentence.

 

Join us for this riveting conversation as we discuss the Juvenile Law Center and mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Brooke McCarthy

 

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Scott Burris, Professor at the Temple University Law School and Executive Director at the Public Health Law Research Center.

 

The Public Health Law Research Center is an organization that operates out of the Temple University Beasley School of Law where Scott teaches. Professor Burris has been a longtime advocate of Safe Injection Sites as a way of curbing injury and death associated with opioid use. Safe injection Sites or CUES have been set up in some other countries and share the philosophy of the “Needle Share” programs. The idea is, if we provide people resources and a safe place to inject their drugs we can offer them the help they need to turn their lives around.

 

The countries that have implemented these programs are seeing positive results. The Safe Injection Sites provide clean needles, privacy, alcohol wipes, and a place to recover from their usage. They are also staffed with professionals who can offer them resources as well as assist in the case of an overdose.

 

Some worry that Safe Injection Sites will bring more drug users to their neighborhood. Professor Burris says, studies have found the opposite to be true. Safe Injection Sites reduce the rate of drug use as well as drug related illnesses.

 

Join us today as Professor Scott Burris and Aaron Freiwald discuss this fascinating and provocative approach to the opioid epidemic. If you would like to contact the Public Health Research Center you can visit their website http://phlr.org/.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Scott Burris

 

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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by the Vice President of Eastern State Penitentiary, Sean Kelly.

 

Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 on the outskirts of the city and was one of the most iconic and influential prisons in its time. Utilizing a new concept of “time as punishment”, Eastern State was designed with one thing in mind: Solitary Confinement. Each prisoner was isolated for up to six years. Though this punishment style was harsh and met great criticism from the start, many of the prisons built in the 1800’s across the world adopted this unique style. Eastern State Penitentiary was built in a wagon wheel pattern. Each hallway came together at a central hub which made it easy for guards to look down each hallway to make sure everything was in order.

 

During its operational life from 1829 through 1971 Eastern State Penitentiary was home to some of America’s most iconic prisoners including Al Capone and Slick Willy Sutton.

 

Join us for this fascinating conversation with Sean Kelly and head over to our YouTube channel Good Law | Bad Law to see the ins and outs of the massive structure.

 

And, if you’re in the Philadelphia area in the Month of October, head over to Eastern State for “Terror Behind the Walls” where the entire prison is turned into a haunted house full of the best scares and thrills in Philadelphia.

 

Remember to tune in every Friday for new episodes of Good Law | Bad Law!

 

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Sean Kelly

 

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After the tragedy that was the mass shooting in Las Vegas last week we saw an outcry for gun reform. People calling for gun bans, buy-back programs, and stricter regulations. On the other side, we saw people saying it was too soon and emotions were to high to begin this discussion.

 

We saw late night hosts like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel calling for change. In tears because of the immense weight of the event.

 

No matter what your stance is, we can all agree events like this shouldn’t happen.

 

The problem is, change doesn’t come from a single speech. Change doesn’t come from one or two late night hosts calling for it. Change comes from people like you, like us, stepping up and using our voices. Electing the people that will make the changes we believe in. Writing our congressmen and women; asking them to propose the changes we want to see.

Change comes when we, the people, make our voices heard.

 

This has been another episode of Case in Point, a Good Law | Bad Law production.

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