PBS NewsHour Launches Criminal Justice Reform Series “Searching for Justice”

ARLINGTON, VA (December 7, 2020) — PBS NewsHour today will launch the multi-platform series “Searching for Justice” to examine racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system. With support from the Kendeda Fund, NewsHour will explore solutions to the challenges facing formerly incarcerated Americans as they reenter their communities and seek economic stability, empowerment, and a path to a crime-free life.

NewsHour’s broadcast reports include:

Michael Plummer

After 23 years, Michael Plummer was released from prison and reunited with a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Navigating the hurdles of reentry can be disorienting in the best of times. During a pandemic, it’s even more daunting. During an interview with correspondent William Brangham, Plummer shares how he found his way working as a mentor for two D.C. programs – Young Men Emerging and Credible Messengers. Both programs connect formerly incarcerated individuals with those who remain behind bars or are at-risk teenagers.

Rachel Schuyler

Former inmate Rachel Schuyler, released from prison in April 2020, has been homeless, living under an overpass with her husband, panhandling and trying to figure out how to move forward. Organizations that help people with a felony record reenter society – by providing transitional housing and job training – have been devastated by the pandemic, leaving formerly incarcerated people like Schuyler falling through the cracks. Senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz reports.

Bryan Stevenson

Kelly Corrigan, host of “Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan,” interviews Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson talks about the prison system, formerly incarcerated people, and how America can recover from racial injustice.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Hinton shares his ‘Brief But Spectacular’ take on claiming his life back after being wrongfully convicted.

“Searching for Justice” will also include contributions from NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs to offer an in-depth look at criminal justice reform efforts in the student reporters’ communities.

In addition to broadcast, coverage will extend on NewsHour’s social and digital platforms, including a live Q&A discussion on drug policies that affect individuals after incarceration.

Media contact: Sydney Cameron, Publicist, scameron@newshour.org