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Off the Block
A trip to jail, even a short stint, can upend many lives - the inmate, their loved ones, and their children among others. This series traces the path from city block to jail block and back.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 27 ratings
Impressive
Doing a great job on a world that most Americans are insulated from, giving a voice to folks most Americans don't want to know or hear about. Big shout out to JC Swadic(spelling?) the sound mix was really spot on!
Smaktcat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/20/16
If this isn't the first radio show to focus entirely on the US prison system, then it's certainly the best. Wonderful, human-centered reporting from George Lavender of stories not often heard in the media. A must listen.
Jessie Levene via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/19/16
Changed the way I see LA
Off the Block stands out. I caught it several times while driving, and sought the other episodes online. Each story is insightful, human and educational. I’ll be honest that I knew very little about the LA jail system before listening, though I know quite a bit about the criminal justice system...Read full review »
Allison Deal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/16
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