Revisited: The Division: New Orleans – half two – podcast

Revisited: The Division: New Orleans – half two – podcast

This week we’re revisiting a few of our favorite episodes from the 12 months thus far. This episode was first broadcast on 7 Might.

In 1995, Kuantay Reeder is convicted of a homicide he says he didn’t commit. He’s despatched to Angola jail in Louisiana, the positioning of a former plantation, the place he’s pressured to spend years working within the fields, work Kuantay calls “modern-day slavery”.

Prof Andrea Armstrong has been going to Angola for years, documenting its historical past and speaking to prisoners about their lives there. She talks about jail labour programmes and the indignities confronted by inmates.

After preventing for years to have his conviction overturned, Reeder’s case has little authorized hope left. However in 2020 New Orleans elects a brand new district legal professional, Jason Williams, who guarantees to reckon with town’s historical past of unfair prosecutions. Williams talks to the Guardian’s US southern bureau chief, Oliver Laughland, about his election victory and his reform pledges.

Learn Oliver’s reporting on his six months with the division:

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