Founder of The Mittelstadt Firm & 13 1/2 Foundation, Inc. - Charles Mittelstadt

Charles D. Mittelstadt is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in criminal defense investigation, whether as a defense consultant, qualified expert witness, investigator, speaker or commentator, Charles brings a rare combination of knowledge, experience, professionalism and insight to the table. His measure of success is the defendant’s receipt of a fair trial, not wins or losses. His organization, the 13 ½ Foundation, Inc. hopes to bring much needed national attention and reforms to both known and obscure flaws that continue to contribute to injustice in America every day, on an epidemic scale.

Websites: www.themittelstadtfirm.comwww.13andahalf.org

Former New York City Police Commissioner - Bernard Kerik

Bernard B. Kerik is one of the most dynamic, undisputed, controversial and accomplished leaders in
law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. For more than thirty years, he served his country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York. His unparalleled achievements as New York City's Police and Correction Commissioner, and his 30 year career in the criminal justice field, coupled with his later incarceration, has provided Mr. Kerik with a unique and one-of-a kind perspective into the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems, prompting him to become an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in America.

Website: www.accjr.org

Former CEO of Qwest Communications International - Joseph P. Nacchio

Joseph P. Nacchio is the former Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Qwest Communications International and former Chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He has most recently addressed concerns about unlawful surveillance, the over criminalization of life in America and the widespread abuses in our criminal justice system on CNBC, CBS News, Fox Business News, The Glen Beck Show, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York University School of Business. He is an advocate for criminal justice reform, protecting the 4th Amendment in the digital age, and prison reform.  Mr. Nacchio is also writing a book about these same concerns and his personal experience with the judicial and federal prison systems.

Congressman - James Sensenbrenner

Frank James (Jim) Sensenbrenner, Jr., represents the Fifth Congressional District of Wisconsin, since 2003. The Fifth District includes parts of Milwaukee, Dodge and Waukesha counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties. Jim was born in Chicago and later moved to Wisconsin with his family. He graduated from the Milwaukee Country Day School and did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968. After serving ten years in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Jim ran for a U.S. House seat and was elected in November, 1978. He has been reelected since 1980.

Website: http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/

Mother of Eric Garner - Gwen Carr Garner

As the matriarch of one of Staten Island's largest African-American families, Gwendolyn (Gwen) Garner has earned nationwide recognition lately as the mother of Eric Garner, a man murdered by the New York Police Department in July of 2014.

Websites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Eric_Garnerhttp://teespring.com/ericgarner1

Mother of Jordan Davis - Lucia Davis McBath

The deadly shooting of her 17-year-old son, Jordan Russell Davis, for playing loud music, turned mother Lucia McBath into a champion for common sense gun legislation and solutions. She is now, a national spokesperson for Every town for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Websites: http://www.walkwithjordan.org/http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/jordan-davis-documentary-3-1-2-minutes-heading-to-hbo-20150131

Mother of Oscar Grant - Rev. Wanda Johnson

Rev. Wanda Johnson is America's voice of compassion for individuals who have lost loved ones due to violence.  Her heart-breaking story made worldwide news on January 1, 2009, when her son, Oscar Grant III, was killed by a local transit peace officer.  Since then, her ministry has been to work tirelessly to address the stereotyping of racial minorities, to comfort grieving families, and to improve the criminal justice system, all to the Glory of GOD!

Website: http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

Mother of Trayvon Martin - Sybrina Fulton

Sybrina Fulton, today is dedicating her life to transforming family tragedy into social change. Since the death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, during the violent confrontation in 2012, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country.

Website: trayvonmartinfoundation.org

Congressman - Charles Rangel

Charles B. Rangel, is a war hero, history-making congressman, and master lawmaker. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  He made history, as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He is currently serving his 23rd term in the House of Representatives, where he has been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. Congressman Rangel was a prime contributor to President Obama's historic health care reform law.

Website: http://rangel.house.gov/

Tonight's show is a special edition program Remembering 9/11. Tune in to hear special tributes and to learn more about the IRP6 and their Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) software.

Senator - Ted Cruz

In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office. Ted graduated with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for the Chief Justice of the United States.

Websites: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/https://www.tedcruz.org/

Former New York City Police Commissioner - Bernard Kerik

Bernard B. Kerik is one of the most dynamic, undisputed, controversial and accomplished leaders in
law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. For more than thirty years, he served his country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York. His unparalleled achievements as New York City's Police and Correction Commissioner, and his 30 year career in the criminal justice field, coupled with his later incarceration, has provided Mr. Kerik with a unique and one-of-a kind perspective into the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems, prompting him to become an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in America.

Website: www.accjr.org

Congressman - G. K. Butterfield

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Jr. is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community in that capacity for 13 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American elected officials throughout eastern North Carolina. In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today.

Website: https://butterfield.house.gov/

Senator - Orrin Hatch

Orrin Grant Hatch was born on March 22, 1934, to Jesse and Helen Hatch. He married Elaine Hansen of Newton, Utah in 1957. Orrin and Elaine Hatch are the proud parents of six children, 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Now in his seventh term as Utah's senator, Orrin Hatch is the most senior Republican in the Senate. Among his many initiatives are the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, the Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act.

Website: http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public

Congresswoman - Judy Chu

Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009.  She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. In 2009, This election made her the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in history. Rep. Chu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittees on Intellectual Property and the Internet as well as Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the Small Business Administration.

Website: http://chu.house.gov/

Filmmaker - Ramon Hamilton

Ramon Hamilton is an Award-Winning Writer/Director/Filmmaker, who takes an innovative approach to media as he seeks to combine entertainment and storytelling to create change. Hamilton is currently working on a web series entitled, “The wHOLE,” which highlights the harsh realities of solitary confinement and lenses in on mass incarceration in the United States. He wrote and directed the pilot episode, which was recently featured in NBC News.

Website: www.thinktenmediagroup.com

Actor - William Brown

William Brown was born and raised in South Central and went to jail when he was 18. His prison experience included solitary confinement, and he knows first-hand how ineffective and harmful solitary can be. William's audition for “The wHOLE” was so powerful that Director Ramon Hamilton did not audition anyone else for the role of Marcus. William’s ability to step inside the life and mind of Marcus and to take the audience with him as he becomes a man on the verge of insanity and struggles with his time in the SHU allows the audience to more deeply understand what solitary confinement is really like.

Website: http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/21804-inside-wapato-jail-filmmakers-produce-drama-about-solitary-prisoner

Reporter - Lana Bellamy

Lana Bellamy is a government and political reporter at The Independent, a daily newspaper in Ashland, Ky. She has a weekly column on Fridays that's featured on The Independent's website and in the print edition of the newspaper. Lana graduated with a Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science at Morehead State University and previously interned at a foreign policy news weekly in Ottawa, Ontario.

Though politics is at the focus of most of her reporting, she editorializes a broad range of topics in her column, from issues with the criminal justice system to tackling gender biases and calling for further transparency in government.

Website: http://www.dailyindependent.com/

Congresswoman - Nancy Pelosi

For 27 years, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's 12th District in the House of Representatives. The 12th District includes most of the City of San Francisco and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. As the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress, Pelosi is focused on jumpstarting the middle class by creating jobs here at home, expanding affordable access to education, and empowering America’s women and families.  From 2007-2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. She first made history in November 2002 when House Democrats elected her the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. Pelosi has led House Democrats for more than a decade and previously served as House Democratic Whip.

Website: https://pelosi.house.gov/

Civil Rights Attorney - Andrew C. Laufer

After graduating from law school, Mr. Laufer worked for such prestigious midtown Manhattan law firms as Jaffe & Asher and Hartman & Craven.  During the course of his employment, Mr. Laufer was exposed to corporate, commercial, personal injury, and real estate litigation as well as corporate and real estate transactional work. Established in 2000, the Law Office of Andrew C. Laufer, PLLC has helped hundreds of clients in various ways from a simple property transfer to the settlement of multimillion dollar disputes.

Website: http://www.lauferlawgroup.com/

Professor, Syracuse University College of Law - Paula C. Johnson

Paula C. Johnson is professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Johnson and Professor Janis McDonald co-direct the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University College of Law, which investigates racially-motivated murders committed during the civil rights era.  She  has held several distinguished teaching posts, including the Haywood Burns Chair in Civil Rights at CUNY Law School in 2005-2006 and the Syracuse University College of Law Bond, Schoeneck and King Distinguished Professorship from 2004-2006.

Website: http://law.syr.edu/profile/paula-johnson1

Law Student & Research Assistant - Karen Bryson

Ms. Karen Bryson, is a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, serves as a research assistant to Professor Paula Johnson, the co-director of the Cold Case justice Initiative (CCJI).  Here Karen works to further CCJI’s mission seeking justice for racially motivated murders during the Civil Rights era on behalf of the victims, their families, local communities, and society at large.  She also works to reauthorize the H.R. 923 (110th): Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007.

U.S. Senator - Patrick Leahy

Senator Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont.  At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. Leahy is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the senior-most member of the Appropriations Committee and of the Agriculture Committee. Leahy is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. He ranks first in seniority in the Senate.

Website: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/

Founder of the National Expungement Project - Jason Tashea

Jason Tashea is the Founder of the National Expungement Project, a legal technology consultant at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a freelance writer focusing on criminal justice issues and technology. He was previously the Juvenile Justice Policy Director for Advocates for Children and Youth in Baltimore and a Fulbright Fellow to the Republic of Kosovo. He received his JD from the University of Oregon.

Website: http://www.expungeproject.org/#home

Founder of Expunge U.S. - Jonathan Tippens

Jonathan Tippens earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland. His passion is building projects that help people better understand and access the law. He also enjoys programming, and built ExpungeMaryland.org, as well as, TaxSaleHelpBaltimore.org. He previously worked at the Maryland Attorney General’s office.

Website: expungeus.org

We discuss our nation's prison system and compare it to other countries' systems. Is our system going too far? Listen and find out.
Fiancee of Sean Bell - Nicole Paultre Bell

On November 25, 2006, Sean Bell, who was unarmed and gunned down by NYPD officers outside of Club Kalua in Queens, New York. This was also the day he was supposed to marry his fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell. Unfortunately, Bell never made it the altar to meet his bride. The couple shared two daughters, 12-year-old Jada Bell and 8-year-old Jordyn Bell.

Website: WRIF.org

Mother of Sgt. James Brown - Dinetta Robinson-Scott

Dinetta Robinson-Scott is the Mother of Sgt. James Brown, 26, of Fort Bliss, who voluntarily checked into the county jail the evening of July 13, 2012. He reported to serve two days of a driving while intoxicated sentence. His family said he was instructed by the court to check in at 8 p.m. and that he would be released on July 15. Instead, Brown’s family said the soldier died while in jail custody July 14 after being given an injection apparently intended to sedate the man, whose family said was not a combative individual. She has been fighting for justice for her son since his sudden death. Send your letters of support to P.O. Box 99443, Lakewood, WA 98499.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/dinetta.robinsonscott

Congressman - Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York, an area that encompasses large parts of Brooklyn and a section of Queens. Serving his second term in the United States Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Education and the Workforce Committee. He is also Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus. During the prior Congress, he served on the House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Over-criminalization. Presently, Rep. Jeffries co-chairs the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus.

Website: jeffries.house.gov

Founder of Campaign for Youth Justice - Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan is a campaign strategist and youth justice expert, who directs the Youth First Initiative, a national advocacy campaign to end the incarceration of youth in youth prisons and direct resources towards effective community-based programs for youths. Liz is also the founder and former CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ), which spearheads national efforts to end the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system. Since CFYJ was launched in 2004, nearly half the states have reduced the prosecution of youth in adult court.

Website: http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/

Founder of JusticeCorner.com Blog - Tanya Washington

Tanya Washington is the founder of JusticeCorner.com, a blog that focuses on highlighting injustice in juvenile systems. She is a Senior Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, currently working in the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group (JJSG). Tanya began her career as a criminal defense attorney in New York State working at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Tanya has had a lengthy and diverse legal career working in both the private and public sectors in the areas of corporate litigation, criminal and juvenile justice, and civil rights.

Website: www.justicecorner.com

Founder of the National Center for Due Process - Jason Weber

Jason Weber was born and raised in Detroit, and ended up spending 8 years at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Jason has always had a passion for due process and injustice.  He thinks the prison industrial (led by The Elite 2%) is crippling our country.

Website: https://nationalcdp.org/

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