(RE)think piece

Revolving Doors launches new Rethink & Reset podcast series

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new ‘Rethink & Reset’ podcast series, in which we will be joined by a host of fascinating expert speakers to discuss how the criminal justice system can – and should – be reformed to support people away from the cycle of crisis and crime. 

Over the course of six episodes, featured guests will offer their perspectives of what’s going wrong in the criminal justice system, and how a reset is required.  

We’re kicking off the series with an episode featuring Revolving Doors lived experience member Charlie, speaking about her experience of county lines drug gangs and the criminal justice system as a young care-experienced person. 

In the next episode we’ll be hearing from lived experience member Caroline, sharing her experience of mental health treatment requirements (MHTRs) and the value of addressing the underlying mental health and addiction issues that can trap people in the revolving door. 

Following this, Netflix presenter and journalist Raphael Rowe speaks about prison reform and the need to change narratives surrounding the criminal justice system. 

Then, activist and CEO of the charity Project 407 Whitney Iles discusses cycles of trauma, neurodiversity, abolitionism, and her dissatisfaction with the current system’s ability to rehabilitate. 

As we head into the final two episodes, youth worker and author Ciaran Thapar shares enlightening insights into race and young people in the criminal justice system.  

This is before our final episode in which serving Chief Inspector of the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit, Jason Kew, offers his perspective on issues surrounding drug decriminalisation, poverty, and (over)policing. 

This series forms a part of our larger ‘Rethink & Reset’ campaign which highlights the need for a serious rethink of criminal justice “solutions” that are both costly and ineffective in reducing crime, offering an invitation to rediscover the same hope and innovative thinking that forged our welfare state 80 years ago, and exploring what bold, long-term criminal justice reform looks like. 

We hope you’re ready to tune in. The Revolving Doors Podcast can be found wherever you like to listen – don’t forget to subscribe so you can stay in the loop for future episodes.

You can watch the series trailer below.