July 13, 2020

Criminal Justice and Eliza Orlins’ Amazing Race

In the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many more people, criminal justice reform has surged to the forefront of the national debate. From the racial biases in policing to the criminalization of poverty and for-profit prisons, our criminal justice system is broken. We’ve asked Alyssa Milano’s friend Eliza Orlins on the show this week to talk about these issues and more.


Eliza spent years as a public defender in New York City and is now a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney. You may also recognize her as a two time contestant on Survivor and as a contestant on The Amazing Race.


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Sources for audio clips

Eliza Orlins for Manhattan District Attorney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIbf-bMY5_g
Eliza Orlins - Protecting Prisoners from COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-NB1YoTmiU
Survivor: Micronesia Interview: Eliza Orlins (Favorites) - WDEF News 12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBcbAzCO7xk
California governor signs landmark bill to eliminate cash bail - PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYUkVH61SWE
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance under scrutiny for donations during cases https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sMmSyTq2i0
New York City Protests Continue After Passage of Police Reform Bills | NBC New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4hkWOyKqDI
Conditions in Rikers
Inside Rikers During the Coronavirus Outbreak - VICE News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFarfOMp_J4
Cash Bail
Bail: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS5mwymTIJU
School to Prison Pipeline
How the School-to-Prison Pipeline Functions - The Root https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zer6FapK49E
Public defenders
True Believers in Justice: A Young Public Defender's Struggle | Op-Docs | The New York Times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR7uYjbiS4c
Public defender case overload is ‘ticking time bomb’ in Mo. - PBS NewsHour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J83USTgK0wo
Criminalizing Poverty
For-Profit Probation Companies Exploit Poorest Americans - Human Rights Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j242B9Rr6oY
For Profit Prisons
The Huge Problem With For-Profit Prisons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDm9JSOY_YI
How America's justice system is rigged against the poor - VOX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry5jTjBhZpA

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Milo Bugliari, Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle