Criminal (In)Justice With David A. Harris Podcast Returns Tuesday, January 31


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Criminal (In)Justice Podcast Returns Tuesday, January 31
First Episode: A Sheriff with a Ground-breaking Mental Health Initiative

PITTSBURGH—Criminal (In)Justice, the podcast created and hosted by University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor David Harris, returns with a third season of new episodes on Tuesday, January 31. The podcast, produced by 90.5 WESA in Pittsburgh, has gained a national and international following, covering issues spanning the entire spectrum of criminal justice issues. 

"We're excited to get started again," Professor Harris said. "My partners at WESA have been really supportive of the podcast, and we're looking forward to the new season. We expect the audience to keep growing, and we've got a great line up of guests already."

Sheriff Tom Dart

The first episode of the season features an interview with Tom Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois. Sheriff Dart runs one of the largest jails in the U.S., and on any given day, there are more mentally ill inmates in his jail than in any mental health institution in the country. Sheriff Dart has turned this problem into an opportunity: the Cook County Jail is now not just the largest, but one of the most innovative mental health facilities in the country. "Sheriff Dart is a criminal justice leader in a way that few people think about, and he's made a huge difference in thousands of lives," said Professor Harris. "He's exactly the kind of guest I love having on the show." 

This season of Criminal (In)Justice will feature a British police officer who teaches a better method of police interrogation in the United States and around the world, a scholar who has studied the future of facial recognition, and a law enforcement leader who has transformed his agency from an afterthought to a national example of good police practices.

Criminal (In)Justice is available for downloads and subscription at iTunes, SoundCloud, and other podcast apps, at and at  

90.5 WESA is Pittsburgh’s NPR news station. Its mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and stories. On behalf of WESA, Criminal (In)Justice is produced by Megan Harris and Josh Raulerson.

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