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Ep. 4: Inmate #06831-424 (100:1 The Crack Legacy)

Length: 30 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
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[Contains explicit content] Close your eyes and think “crack dealer.” Who do you see? How about a chubby big brother from the Chicago projects, who played high school football and made sure everyone did their homework before bed? Eric Wilson had a mantra: protect the family. So, when the jobs weren’t coming and his mom’s drug problem got in the way, Eric did what he had to do. He sold crack cocaine. Thanks to the harsh drug provision that became known as “100 to 1,” Eric Wilson, Inmate #06831-424, got the kind of brutal prison sentence no one on his side could have imagined.
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  • 07-26-19

Make sure you have a box of tissues at hand

make sure you have a box of tissues at hand for this episode. An amazing series

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  • Baphomafyew
  • 01-23-19

The War On Drugs exposed.

Do you think it's fair for a minor possession charge to lead to life in prison for an 18 year old?

Christopher Johnson's investigative journalism is lively and engaging, and involves a strong amount of both research and personal accounts. Johnson tracks the destruction wrought not only by the 'crack epidemic' itself but by the draconian policies brought into place to supposedly deal with the scourge. The War On Drugs is portrayed as a failed project, cynically designed to make heroes of politicians with zero thought for the actual lives that would be impacted-- generations of (largely) African American men imprisoned for life.

I massively enjoyed the production, the narration, the interviews and the well-shaped argument. I found it extremely compelling, and look forward to Johnson's next project.

Further reading/listening: Michelle Alexander's study 'The New Jim Crow', Kendrick Lamar's album 'Section.80', Killer Mike's track 'R.E.A.G.A.N' and Dwayne Reginald Betts' poetry collection 'Bastards of the Reagan Era'.

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  • Lewys
  • 12-14-18

Fantastic journalism!

An important and compelling piece of work. Listen to it now and feel the same.

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 08-11-18

B.L.M. Propaganda - 1 star as I couldn't give a 0.

B.L.M. Propaganda - no wonder it's free - don't waste your time - only gave 1 star as i couldn't give it a zero.