Hosted by Marlon Peterson, Decarcerated highlights the journeys of success of people who has spent time in prison. In America there are over 70 million people with a criminal conviction. Decarcerated will tell you their stories of success.


January 14, 2022 8 mins

An audio essay about abolition and Ahmaud Arbery.  The full readable version can be found on here:


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At 16, Huwe Burton was sentenced to 15 years-to-life for the murder of his mother. Thirty years later he is telling his story of exoneration.  Huwe's story was featured on an episode of the HBO series, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Marlon recorded this episode as guest host of the Topeka K. Sam on Sirius XM.  


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38 years in prison just for riding in a car with some friends. This is part 2 of the Denise Coleman story.  

Oprah, we need you to get Ms. Coleman on #SuperSoulConversations!

Thank you, Niecey for being so open with us, and for sharing your life as a lesson.


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38 years in prison just for riding in a car with some friends.  That's part of the story of Denise Coleman. Born in Louisiana, and now living in Jackson, Mississippi, Ms. Coleman, is my friend.  She is also a leader with the People's Advocacy Institute, and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.

This two-part series will have you on an emotional rollercoaster.

To learn more about Denise Col...

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January 6, 2020 45 mins

Originally recorded in October 2018, Melissa Harris-Perry, journalist, scholar, and former host of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC, sits down with Marlon Peterson. This conversation was apart of the Square One Reimagine Justice Roundtable that took place in Durham, North Carolina.  

We talk about her personal experiences the the criminal justice system and her grapplings with being a victim of violence.  Even Marlon tears a ...

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To kick off our final season, the DEcarcerated Podcast was LIVE at the 2019 Smart on Crime Conference held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Some of America's leading criminal legal system experts participated in this conference, and we got a few of them to speak with us backstage.  Here's a few:

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November 27, 2019 39 mins

Originally sentenced to a life sentence at 16-years old, Halim Flowers, released after serving 22 years is now breaking barriers.  Released in March of 2019, Halim is already a published author, an Echoing Green Fellow...a friend of Kim Kardashian,  and he already spoke at Kanye West's Sunday Service.  Oh, and he recently got married. 

What have you done in the past 9 months?

Marlon sat down with Halim backstage at the Smart on Cri...

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The self-proclaimed HBIC (google the urban dictionary), Alicia Garza, principal of the Black Futures Lab that created the Black Census, and co-creator of Black Lives Matter is in rare form in this conversation with Marlon. This episode is not for the thin-skinned.

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Before the age of 17 Chris Wilson's mother was raped by a police officer. His father was murdered.  His cousin was killed in front of him. At 17-years old, Chris was sentenced to life in prison for taking a person's life. 

When he was 19 he decided to create a master plan for his life, and that master plan lead to his early release from prison, a book, serial entrepreneurship, and becoming an internationally sought after artist.


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Wow, please have a Kleenex ready for this one.  Turquoise Martin and Naquasia Pollard are two women on fire, but, who have also survived the fire. 

Both are a part of the College and Community Fellowship advocacy training program.  Naquasia served a 15 years sentence starting at the age of 19, and Turquoise was in and out of the foster care system since the age of five. 

There is so much hope in these two ladies, and we hope you pa...

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Desmond Meade has been able to lead the charge to restoring the voting rights of 1.4 million Floridians--all formerly incarcerated. This is the largest expansion of voting rights in America in a half century. 

In this ep Desmond speaks about the time his journey through drug addiction, homelessness, and an attempt at ending his own life to now wanting nothing more than to empower the next generation of leaders.

He also speaks about...

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This is one of the BEST episodes we have ever been apart of, thanks to Syrita Steib-Martin.

Syrita, a Lousiana native and founder/executive director of Operation Restoration, is a leading voice in all things criminal justice. After spending her entire 20's in federal prison, Syrita has become a national advocacy leader.  

In this ep of DEcarcerated, Syrita speaks about her experiences with physical violence as child, to addressing ...

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Join host, Marlon Peterson, in this studio-audience episode of Decarcerated, in conversation with Danielle Sered, author of Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair.

Recorded at the The Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library on April 10, 2019, Marlon and Danielle speak about addressing violence in this era of criminal justice reform.  

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How Leigh Owens go from being an incarcerated person to being a mover and shaker in the political arena?

Leigh Owens is the Legislative Director at the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council.  He is also the Director of Community Engagement at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, under Larry Krasner.

Before all of that, Leigh was incarcerated in New York City's infamous Rikers Island.In this ep Leigh talks about going from being ...

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August 17, 2018 69 mins

Darren Mack was sentenced to a term of 20-40 years in prison when he was 17-years old. Now at 43-years old Darren is one of the lead organizers of the effort to close New York City’s Rikers Island. In this episode he talks about having an older brother serve 32 years in prison, and having a brother as a co-defendant also serving 20-40 years in prison. You will find yourself hanging on to every word of Darren’s during this episode o...

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You are  in for a treat! MARCUS McAllister drops a freestyle, speaks about his work as international peace trainer, his ties to Suge Knight and the “real’ Rick Ross, and drops statistics about violence reduction in some of areas of the world where violence is an epidemic--all in one episode. Heads up: this episode was recorded in May 2018.


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Richard ‘Epic’ Wallace’s first claim to fame was

                        that Chance the Rapper used to open up

                       for hip hop crew, BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up).

                       Trust me, I know, because he got me into

                       the V.I.P section of a Chance concert in South

                       Africa. In this episode, we talk about his

               days as going through the juvenile...

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Mbongiseni ‘Bongi’ Mdakane was sentenced to  22 years in prison, and now he is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa.


We talk about what it’s like being on parole in  South Africa, and barriers to employment. We also get to hear about his organization, Inside-out, Outside-in Read more

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Mbongiseni ‘Bongi’ Mdakane was sentenced to  22 years in prison, and now he is a PhD candidate at the University of South Africa.  We talk about growing up in Soweto, the conditions of South African prisons, the gang structures in prisons he lived in, and the stigma of a record.  This episode was so powerful that we split it into two, so here’s part 1.


All th...

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Marlon, host of the Decarcerated Podcast, sits down with author and Black Lives Matter activist, Darnell L. Moore...with a splash of White Hennessy. Listen as Darnell answers the question, "What does a world without prisons look like?" He will also speak about the details of his new memoir, "No Fire in the Ashes."

Oh, and White Hennessy is involved!


  • Purchase Darnell's memoir, :No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Fr...
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