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Decarcerated

Hosted by Marlon Peterson, Decarcerated highlights the journeys of success of people who has spent time in prison. In America there are over 70 million people with a criminal conviction. Decarcerated will tell you their stories of success.
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Dec 29, 2017

Lucinda Cross, known as the Chief Activator, is the CEO of Activate Worldwide,and founder of Activate Your Life 501c3. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY Lucinda eventually spent four years in federal prison for involvement in the drug game.  Since her release from prison in 2000, her span of influence has reached more than 30,000 Activate members globally, over 35,000 via social media and hundreds of thousands through her weekly radio features WNBM 103.9 FM NY. Lucinda is an accomplished best-selling author with 5 self-published books under her name. She is  the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama. She is a highly sought after International Speaker and Corporate Coach, crisscrossing the country weekly delivering her high impact, anticipated words of wisdom, self-discovery and strategy.

 

We talk about the Bronx a lot in this episode.

 

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Dec 15, 2017

Teresa Y. Hodge is Soros Justice Fellow, tech startup founder, serial entrepreneur, and is on a first name basis with music mega star, John Legend.  She also spent five years in federal prison beginning in her early 40’s. In this episode Teresa speaks about the way she “downsized” for prison, her relationship with her daughter, and she drops serious jewels about remaining relevant despite prison.

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Dec 8, 2017

Decarcerated went on the road to South Africa! We participated in the Global Prisons Conference held at the University of Johannesburg. While in JoBurg we sat down with Calvin Moyo, a young graphic designer and native of Zimbabwe, who spent two years in South Africa jails for a crime he didn’t commit.  

Special thanks to Ruth Hopkins and Simoniah Mashangoane of the Wits Justice Project at the University of Witswatersand.  The Wits Radio Academy was perfect!

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Dec 1, 2017

Johnny Perez is the Director of U.S. Prison Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, a membership organization committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. He is also a poet and fashion aficionado.  Johnny is someone who spent 13 years in prison—his entire 20’s.  In this episode, we traveled through Johnny’s old neighborhood in the Bronx, NY and spoke about his journey from Cuba as a child immigrant.  This conversation, as Johnny describes, “felt personal yet comfortable...more than past interviews.”

We think you’ll come away knowing Johnny in a more intimate way.  You will get to know the man behind the Washington Post and NY Times commentary.

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Nov 26, 2017

Coss Marte is born and raised LES. As a kid he used to collect cans and turn them into Bodegas to collect nickels. He started selling drugs at 13, and quickly became one of the largest drug dealers in NYC within six years, running a $2 million business. When he went to prison a doctor told him he would be dead within 5 years (he had a 7 year sentence). He was 5' 8" and 230 pounds, he had not been walking or leading an active lifestyle. He committed to making it out, and lost 70 lbs in six months! He also speaks openly about time in solitary confinement (see both TED Talks on Youtube -2014 and 2016). Coss won a "SharkTank" like competition after pitching his idea of a fitness business that used his workouts from inside. He was awarded startup funds, and is now the owner, and an active coach, at ConBody Fitness in LES. He recently launched ConBody Live which connects people on the outside with a trainer on the inside!

 



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Nov 10, 2017

Frankie Guzman is an attorney at the National Center for Youth Law working to eliminate prosecuting and incarcerating children in California’s adult criminal justice system, and advocating for alternative sentencing and local treatment. Guzman, imprisoned as a teen, went on to become a community college transfer student to UC Berkeley and graduate of UCLA School of Law with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy. Today, he’s an expert in juvenile law and policy and is a co-author of numerous juvenile justice laws, including California’s Proposition 57 passed in 2016 in partnership with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown.  

Special Decarcerated News Segment: Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book, The New Jim Crow released in Spanish and a collaboration with Google.org and LatinoJustice.org

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Nov 3, 2017

BAM! Marcus Bullock is successful entrepreneur. In this episode, Marcus discusses his beginnings as a youth in Washington DC and Virginia.  After serving eight years in prison, Marcus, the entrepreneur, has created the Flikshop School of Business and Flikshop.  From selling candy in grade school to selling food in prison, to making millions of dollars post-release Marcus discusses how none of that is possible without his mother, his wife, and his children.

 

 

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Oct 27, 2017

This week’s episode of the #Decarcerated podcast features founder of Ladies of Hope Ministries, Topeka K. Sam.  Created to help disenfranchised & marginalized women transition back into society, Topeka has also created a safe place for women and girls to call home after being released from jails and prisons.  In this episode she shares her inspiration behind Hope House NYC and also gives us a look into her entrepreneurial spirit...having owned a cell phone and sex toy business in the past.  Topeka is a Soros Justice Fellow and is featured in Van Jones’ #cut50 “Dignity” campaign.

Bet you didn't see that one coming!  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Oct 20, 2017

LIVE EPISODES WE LOVE!  This is Part II of a two-part series where four guests give personal stories about their Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration. This week we get to hear from Johnny Perez and Piper Anderson.  The event was held at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) exhibit, The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America


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Oct 13, 2017

LIVE EPISODES WE LOVE!  This is Part I of a two-part series where four guests give personal stories about their Resistance & Resilience Despite Mass Incarceration. This week we get to hear from Khalil Cumberbatch and Donna Hylton.  The event was held at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) exhibit, The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America

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Oct 6, 2017

WE. ARE. BACK!  Decarcerated is back for a 2nd season, and we’re starting this season off right!  We’re debuting one of our new segments, Decarcerate Your Mind (with an En Vogue cameo)! Also, Marlon is talking about his TED Talk, “Am I not human? A call for criminal justice reform.”  And, he has some choice commentary about the 2nd Amendment.

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Jul 14, 2017
Marlon, the host of the podcast tells the story of his arrest, his rape, and his incarceration.  This is the most emotionally taxing episode of the Decarcerated.

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Jul 13, 2017

Here's a sneak peek of the next episode, where Devon Peterson interviews the host of Decarcerated, Marlon Peterson.  That's right! Marlon is sitting down with us and giving us an inside look into his relationship with his beloved nephew, Devon, as they open up and share their experiences about Marlon's incarceration.  

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Jul 7, 2017
This in-studio event was held on April 18, 2017 at BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY.  Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like features Topeka Sam, Teresa A. Hodge, Andre Mitchell, Andrew Cory Greene, and Khalil Cumberbatch,  for her dedication to activism and social justice.   Hear these amazing advocates engage with the audience in a candid conversation about their journeys.
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Jun 30, 2017
This in-studio event was held on April 18, 2017 at BRIC Studios in Brooklyn, NY.  Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like features Topeka Sam, Teresa A. Hodge, Andre Mitchell, Andrew Cory Greene, and Khalil Cumberbatch,  for her dedication to activism and social justice.   Hear these amazing advocates engage with the audience in a candid conversation about their journeys.
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Jun 23, 2017
Khalil Cumberbatch is the Manager of Trainings at JustLeadership USA, Columbia University Lecturer, husband and father to two young daughters. Khalil was sentenced to 11 years in New York State for a robbery in his early 20's. In this episode Khalil goes from telling us about his journey from Guyana as a child, to growing up in Southside, Jamaica, Queens,  to his hostility with his father, to his love for his daughters. Khalil exhibits tremendous insight into his experiences.  
 
After his incarceration, Khalil was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and faced deportation back to Guyana one week before he was to graduate from a Master Degree in Social Work. Thankfully, he was one of two recipients of an Executive Pardon from NYS Governor Cuomo to prevent his deportation.
 
 
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Jun 16, 2017
Renata Hill, a native of New Jersey, spent three years in prison in New York  literally for being the survivor of sexual harassment. Her story, along with Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, and Patreese Johnson is featured in the documentary, Out in the Night .  Renata shares experiences about her life that, according her,  she's never shared before. Her stories of family strife, abuse, systemic disregard for the lives of young Black girls, and utter demonization of the LGBTQ community are enraging and inspiring. She also graces Decarcerated with her sense of humor.  Renata is a treat!   Released in 2010, Renata is currently a case manager aide at St. Paul's Community and Development Corporation.where she works with formerly incarcerated reintegrating into the community.  Renata is also a college student on her way to pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work. 
 
Oh, and Renata won the 2015 Beyond Measure Award co-presented with DapperQ and New York Fashion Week for her dedication to activism and social justice.  
 
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Jun 9, 2017
Andrea C. James, a Roxbury, Boston native was sentenced to 18-months in prison for a white-collar crime. A lawyer prior to her incarceration, Andrea is an author and national advocate for the rights of women impacted by incarceration.  Andrea drips passion for this cause in this episode. She is a lead member of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She is also the executive director for the Families For Justice as Justice for Healing in Boston. Andrea is also a proud momma and wife.  How does she balance it all?  Listen to this episode.

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May 26, 2017
In this episode, Hernan Carvente speaks about developing a drinking habit at the age of 8-years old as a response to domestic violence, to joining a gang, to going to prison at 16, to being a national leader in juvenile justice reform. And, he identifies as a feminist, y'all!!!! Yes!
 
Hernan is a Program Analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he works on program development, improving conditions of confinement, and incorporating youth and family partnerships in facility-based and statewide juvenile justice policy reform. Mr. Carvente has conducted trainings with policymakers, researchers, students, and professionals in probation, child welfare, juvenile justice and corrections. His passion for reform stems from his own personal experiences in the juvenile justice system. He was awarded the “Next Generation Champion for Change Award” by the MacArthur Foundation and the “Spirit of Youth Award” by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.
 
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May 19, 2017
Reginald Dwayne Betts on Using Writing for Truth- Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author and poet who has written a memoir and two books of poetry. In this episode, he tells us about his commitment to writing when inside, his journey to Yale Law School, and the importance of fuller narratives. Listen as Betts explains valuable lessons he has learned, from ridding shame to reformulating life.
 
 To find out more about Dwayne Betts, follow him on Twitter: @dwaynebetts, or check out his website: dwaynebetts.com.   Tweet at us @decarceratedpod.  Oh, and leave us a review. pw3t8ffc
May 12, 2017

In this episode Vivian Nixon speaks about her experiences with substance misuse, to being a leader amongst men, to hanging out with Michelle Obama and Oprah. Vivian Nixon is Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship, an organization committed to removing barriers to higher education for women with criminal record histories and their families. She is a Columbia University Community Scholar and a recipient of the John Jay Medal for Justice, the Ascend Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, and the Soros Justice Fellowship. She is a co-founder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, an effort to increase access to higher education for justice-involved students, and an advisor to JustLeadershipUSA.

 

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May 5, 2017
Cory Greene is the co-founder of H.O.L.L.A! (How Our Lives Link Altogether, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a     Ph. D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. Cory also happened to spend over six years in prison. A native of Queens, NY via Jackson, Mississippi, Cory speaks about his mom who was drug addicted, to being a father from prison, to graduating from NYU, to being featured in the critically-acclaimed Netflix documentary, 13th, directed by Ava Duvernay.  To find out more about Cory check out:

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Apr 16, 2017
"Happy New Breath."  Eddy Zheng starts all his conversations with those words, and in this episode he will explain why.  Eddy is a Asian Pacific Islander based in Oakland who spent 21-years in prison.  His journey from China to San Quentin to bouts with obtaining citizenship are documented in the critically-acclaimed documentary about his life, Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story. Eddy speaks about his being a 16-year old in California prisons, spending 11-months in solitary confinement,  his favorite hip hop song, and more. Eddy is a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, a apart of John Legend's Free America campaign, and was pardoned by California Governor Jerry Brown.  Eddy is going to blow your mind.  To find out about Eddy check out:
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Apr 16, 2017

There is a plan to close New York City's most infamous jail, Rikers Island, in 10 years, and Glenn E. Martin is a huge reason why.  Glenn, a Brooklyn native with West Indian roots, is the founder and president of JustLeadership USA, which is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030.  In this episode (recorded just three weeks before NYC Mayor De Blasio announced to close Rikers Island) Glenn speaks about his upbringing as a young boy in BedStuy, Brooklyn, race, his mom, being stabbed on Rikers, and his road to being a leading voice in criminal justice.  Glenn is well accomplished and was recently awarded the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award. 

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Apr 16, 2017

Donna Hylton is my hero.  Donna spent 27 years in prison, and since her release in 2012 she has become a leading human rights activist.  She was a featured speaker at the Women's MArch in Washington, DC, and will have a movie made about her life, starring Rosario Dawson.  In this deeply sensitive episode, Donna tells us about her journey from Jamaica, WI as a nine-year-old girl, to her experiences with abuse, to her advocacy during her incarceration in New York State's Bedford Hills Prison.  This is a tearjerker.  To find out more about Donna check her out:

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