Decarcerated

Marlon Peterson

Hosted by Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, Marlon Peterson, Decarcerated highlights the journeys of success of people who has spent time in prison. In America there are over 68 million people with a criminal conviction. Decarcerated will tell you their stories of success.

Live at the 2019 Smart on Crime Innovations Conference
Nov 27 2019
Live at the 2019 Smart on Crime Innovations Conference
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: Amanda Alexander, Executive Director & Founder of the Detroit Justice CenterTopeka K. Sam, Hope House | The Topeka K. Sam Show on Sirius XMCarol Bogert, President of the The Marshall ProjectHalim Flowers, Echoing Green & Halcyon Arts Lab FellowJameila Meme Styles, MEASURE AustinWesley Caines, Bronx DefendersLawrence Bartley, The Marshall Project, Director, News Inside More details about the 2019 Smart on Crime Conference can be found here. Thankful for the support of Michelle Diaz, Andrew Stelzer, and LeShae Henderson of Team DEcarcerated. This episode was made possible courtesy of The Center for American Progress,  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Huge shoutout to Julia Cusick of the Center for American Progress for making this happen! Episode music credits: Five Years Ago by the Custodian of Records Roy by JBlanked The Trunk by Deal the Villain Fallen Stars by Ketsa Always Something by JBlanked Off by Deal the Villain Lucky Stars by the Custodian of Records Much much love to The Weavers Fellowship and the Novo Foundation for sponsoring Season Five of DEcarcerated. Twitter: @Decarceratedpod   | Instagram:  DecarceratedPodcast Email us at: decarcerated@beprecedential.com
Richard Wallace: From Chicago Hip Hop Artist to Equity And Transformation
Aug 4 2018
Richard Wallace: From Chicago Hip Hop Artist to Equity And Transformation
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 justice                        system in Chicago to his work as a union                   organizer in Chicago.   Leave a review.  We want to hear your comments.   More information about  this episode of Decarcerated:   Check out his organization E.A.T. (Equity And Transformation) at www.eatchicago.org.  They are on Facebook at ‘ChicagoEat.’     Political Party Rap:       Madison.com       MUSIC VIDEO:  BBU - Chi Don’t Dance:       MUSIC VIDEO:  BBU - The Hood ft. GLC (produced by Classick).     Tweet about this episode: #decarceratedpodcast | @decarceratedpod | @ _marlonpeterson JOIN OUR PATREON PAGE FOR SEASON EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!  Go to: for all the details.   Leave a review on Itunes, Soundcloud, IHeartRadio, Spotify, or wherever you subscribe. Please subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe.  Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe.  Subscribe. Subscribe.   You can also send us an email with show comments and suggestions at decarcerated@beprecedential.com.
Mbongiseni Mdakane’s Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (Part I)
Jul 20 2018
Mbongiseni Mdakane’s Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa (Part I)
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 the love to Ruth Hopkins of the Wits Justice Project and Katlego Mahlake of the Wits Radio Academy at the Witswatersand University in Johannesburg.  They let us use their studios, and stayed past work hours to accommodate us. They deserve all the love.   Leave a review.  We want to hear your comments.   More information about  this episode of Decarcerated:   Former offender aims for a PhD, Pretoria East Record.   Everything happens for a reason, including prison, University of South Africa Mbongiseni Mdakane. New Voices in Psychology, Sabinet Journal Tweet about this episode: #decarceratedpodcast | @decarceratedpod | @ _marlonpeterson JOIN OUR PATREON PAGE FOR SEASON EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!  Go to: for all the details.   Leave a review on Itunes, Soundcloud, IHeartRadio, Spotify, or wherever you subscribe. Please subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe.  Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe. Subscribe.  Subscribe. Subscribe.     You can also send us an email with show comments and suggestions at decarcerated@beprecedential.com.