Baz Dreisinger is a name synonymous with efforts for change in the justice and prison system, not only in America but globally. Dreisinger, an educator and journalist, created Prison To College Pipeline to educate prisoners while incarcerated and offer after release assistance in earning degrees. She traveled worldwide to explore the different issues in prisons from Africa to Thailand. In 2016, she released Incarceration Nations: A Journey To Justice In Prisons Around The World documenting these discoveries and earning her Washington Post's title of 'Most Notable Notification.' She has devoted her life to exposing the issues and offers alternatives in what is commonly known as Restorative Justice (R.J.).
In an interview with Ivy Magazine, Dreisinger explains the process of shifting Justice to 'Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.' She says, "Someone is not singularly defined by the worst act they have ever done. We as a society have been long addicted to punitiveness...instead of asking, 'Who did this and what do we do to them?' (R.J.) asks who was harmed, and how do you repair that harm?"
We were lucky to grab some of Baz's time to discuss Global Prison Systems on the What We Don't Know podcast. We are highlighting her along with other thought-leaders focused on prison reform each week throughout the month of August. But first, let's hear from Baz Dreisinger and dive in a bit more about the history of our global prison systems.
Xander chats with Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC Mayoral candidate about what it’s like to lead at the epicenter of a pandemic, what NYC should have done and should be doing, and what reforms need to be prioritized so black and brown communities aren’t so disproportionately affected.
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Mark Goulston is a world renowned psychiatrist that specialized in suicide prevent, famously never losing a patient in 25+ years. On a recent What We Dont' Know Podcast, Mark explained the type of mindset of some folks are in when they are contemplating suicide.
When Mark visited the podcast, he shared a quick, intuitive exercise he asked some of his depressed clients to do every day.
Mark Goulston knows a thing or two about how to mentally survive crisis. In over 25 years, he never lost a suicidal patient. While on What We Don't Know, I asked him if he had a specific tool he'd like to share that could help folks stay mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mark immediately brought up Russell Bishop's Five Steps. Excerpt from the podcast below.
On a recent episode of What We Don't Know, Dr. Baz Dreisinger broke down why the terrible justice system the whole world seems to have, and why it has become the norm.
On a recent episode of the What We Don't Know podcast, famed psychiatrist Mark Goulston explained the neuroscience behind stress.
During his discussion with Xander Schultz on the What We Don't Know podcast, world-famous psychiatrist Mark Goulston, who primarily focused on suicide prevention and never lost a patient in 25 years, had some easy-to-follow advice for how we can support each other during the pandemic.
Episode #1 - What We Don't Know... about Mentally Surviving and Supporting during COVID with Mark Goulston
Xander Schultz: [00:00:00] All right. Dr Goulston, super appreciative of you taking the time.
You worked in suicide prevention for a long time as a psychiatrist, and you were famously successful in doing so. During this time where people are incredibly stressed out who should we be worrying about the most? Who should we be checking in with?
Mark Goulston: [00:00:50] A friend of mine had a great phrase. She says, "we always guard our calendar". When we have an appointment or we have something on our calendar of what exercise, if it's on our calendar, we do it.
So what I would say is I would calendar an hour a day and that hour you start with your closest circle and since things are changing, you communicate with them, in the way you do, whether it's text or email, and what you say is "Just checking to see if you're okay?". That's a different statement than saying "How are you doing?". Because when you say, "How are you doing" it almost is similar to those kind of empty or ways we greet people. "Hey, how you doing?" "Oh, I'm good. How are you?"