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Tuesday, July 28

Criminal justice reform

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Hour 1

Guests:  Seth Williams, John Wetzel, Marc Mauer

Over the last 40 years, America’s approach to criminal justice has become more punitive with federal and state legislation focused on longer sentences for both violent and non-violent offenders. Now our prisons are overflowing and have fewer programs for rehabilitation and education. Recidivism rates are high. In a speech to the NAACP several weeks ago, President Obama proposed significant changes to our criminal justice system to address these problems. Legislators on both sides of the aisle support a new look at sentencing guidelines and bail requirements in an effort to reduce the prison population. Today on Radio Times, a conversation about criminal justice reform with Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary JOHN WETZEL, Philadelphia District Attorney SETH WILLIAMS and MARC MAUER of The Sentencing Project.

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Teen pregnancy and birth control

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Hour 2

Guests: Anne Teitelman, Greta Klingler, Mary Ott, Nora Becker

The teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is a lot higher than other developed countries – 3 out of 10 girls under the age of 20 gets pregnant. But recent studies have found that providing long-acting birth control to sexually active teens – things like IUDs – can significantly reduce that rate. Colorado brought their teen pregnancy rate down by 40%. And while teen sex rates have plateaued in recent years, American teens are still having a lot of sex compared to many other countries. This hour, we take a look at teen pregnancy, sexuality, and contraception. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with ANNE TEITELMAN, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, MARY OTT, associate professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of Indiana School of Medicine and GRETA KLINGLER, family planning unit supervisor for the Colorado Department of Health. And we’ll discuss a new study on out-of-pocket contraception costs since the Affordable Care Act passed with NORA BECKER, a MD/PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

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