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This edition: What Did Mr. Smith Learn in Prison?

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 11, 2015.

First aired: November 23, 2015.

In 2009 Jeff Smith was a PhD, a Missouri state senator, and a rising star in the state Democratic Party. Sentenced to one year and one day in prison for filing a false affidavit in connection with a Congressional primary campaign he had lost almost five years earlier, Smith served his time working in a warehouse at a medium security federal prison. He tells Jim Zirin of a corrupt and racist penal system that only encourages recidivism and squanders a treasure in human potential.

Guest List

Jeff Smith Author, “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison”