Jan Legnitto interviews Jessica Mitford (1917-1996), author of "The American Way of Death", "The Trial of Dr. Spock", and most recently, "Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business". Mitford discusses the historical roots of the American penal system, the failure of corrections, plea bargaining as an example of how the system fails, "therapy" and human experimentation, and parole, reform or abolition as the answer.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.