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Truth and Reconciliation

  • Hosted by Taya Graham, Sean Yoes, Stephen Janis

Truth and Reconciliation is a forum for the people of Baltimore to discuss the challenges of law enforcement reform, alternative paths to improving communal safety, and how to hold power accountable.

Through personal tales of triumph and tragedy, Truth and Reconciliation seeks new perspectives on how to improve the lives of the people of the city through activism, analysis, and actionable ideas.

Taya Graham is a reporter for the Real News Network and the Afro Newspaper .  She previously worked in the non-profit sector with a focus on uplifting the women of Baltimore City.  She won the Coalition of 100 Black women’s Torch Bearer Award for her outreach to the women of Baltimore City. In 2015 she produced the critically acclaimed documentary Swimming in Baltimore:  How Poverty Works

Sean Yoes is currently the Baltimore editor of the AFRO American Newspapers an author of the weekly AFRO column, “Race and Politics.” In 2004, he won multiple awards for his series, “The Road to Brown,” which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954 and chronicled Black Baltimore's leading role in the early American civil rights movement.  He is author of, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America's Great Imperiled Cities.

Stephen Janis is an award winning investigative journalist for The Real News Network whose work has won acclaim in both print and television.  He is the author three books on the philosophy of policing Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore, You Can't Stop Murder: Truths About Policing in Baltimore and Beyond, and The Book of Cop:  A Testament to Policing that Works.

Truth and Reconciliation is engineered and Produced by Cianna B. Greaves.

Healing Amid Corruption

Jul 17, 2018

The effects of The Gun Trace Task Force, a group of now nine police officers accused of robbery, drug, and racketeering are just being assessed. To a get a sense of the fall-out over one of the worst scandals in BPD history which talk to Ivan Potts, who was arrested by GTTF. We also talk to Corey Winfield, a violence mediator from Safe Streets on how he thinks the scandal will impact the streets.

The Mosby Effect, Part 4: The Torturous Path to Reform

Jul 2, 2018

In the final episode of our four part series on the impact of the indictment of six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, we look at the myriad of reforms efforts which happened after Mosby's decision to charge, and the changes which have occurred to the process of policing in Baltimore as a result.

The Mosby Effect, Part 3: The Disappearing Warrant

Jun 14, 2018

In the third part of our series examining the often-overlooked consequences of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to indict six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Jan Bledsoe, one the lead prosecutors speaks publicly for the first time.

The Mosby Effect, Part 2: "A Cautionary Case from The Past"

Jun 8, 2018

In the second episode of our four part series examining the far reaching and often overlooked implications of Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's decision to charge six officers for the death of Freddie Gray, we recount the trial and the aftermath of last major prosecution of a Baltimore police officer for manslaughter.

The Mosby Effect, Episode 1: Shot in the Back

May 31, 2018

In the first episode of our four part series looking at the continuing consequences of the indictment of six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, we go back in time to explore just how difficult it was to prosecute police in the past. To do so, we examine the last major prosecution for a death at the hands of police prior to the Gray case, the shooting of Edward Lamont Hunt.

The Political Power of Policing

May 22, 2018

Efforts in Maryland state capital to reform policing have fallen short for three consecutive years. In episode we talk to Adam Jackson CEO of the activist group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about the formidable power the state's various police unions, and how they exert far-reaching influence over the state's legislative process.

The Lingering Consequences of Zero Tolerance

May 9, 2018
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Morgan State University graduate Evan Howard tells his story of how he was arrested and held in Central Booking for 56 hours without committing a crime during the height of Baltimore's zero tolerance era, and with the repercussions for him that linger years later.