Due Process, winner of 25 New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, is a unique production of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
The critically acclaimed weekly series on law and justice, launched in 1996 at New Jersey Network is in its 19th Season with the same cutting edge coverage that has marked its long tenure.
Social and Criminal Justice, Urban Issues, Civil Rights, National Security, Government and Politics, Race and Class, Public Policy - those are the elements of the Due Process beat.
Co-hosts for Due Process are Criminal Defense and Human Rights Attorney Raymond Brown and award-winning journalist Sandra King. Sandy also writes, reports and produces Due Process along with Co-Producer Tania Ivanova.
Sandy and I have been inside jails and prisons countless times - I as a
criminal defense lawyer; she as a legal journalist. And every time we walk out
those steel doors, we're flooded with relief that we're not the ones locked up.
But imagine you're in lock down, not just imprisoned, but confined to a space not much bigger than your bathroom for 23 hours a day.
Is it cruel and unusual? Is it torture? Who ends up in isolation and why? And what is the mental and emotional impact? With legislation to reform solitary confinement now pending in New Jersey, those are just some of the questions we'll look at in this important edition of "Due Process."
In the opening mini-doc, Sandy and Producer Tania Bentley bring us face to face with men who've been held in New Jersey's solitary units - from months to decades - and with corrections officials who insist that solitary in New Jersey no longer exists.