Serial: S03 Episode 06: You in the Red Shirt
October 18, 2018 10:28 AM - Subscribe

Life after you put a cop in jail.

As of this episode, the series will concentrate on people on their path out of the justice system.
posted by progosk (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It’s back to bleak, at the hands not so much of the justice system as those of the police department. And the impunity is just perverse, with the city able to plea poverty to cover up injustices. What chance does this reporting have, to break this kind of corrupt stranglehold?
posted by progosk at 11:55 AM on October 18, 2018 [1 favorite]


The Arnold Black story described mid-episode is just, like... you can't believe what you're hearing.
posted by dnash at 4:47 PM on October 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

It’s weird how the series keeps introducing people and bringing the listener into their lives, and then the people vanish from the narrative. It’s always interesting, but it feels a bit artificial, like a new storytelling trick in an early modernist novel. I feel like every episode ends with a promise that the main story will be followed up on, but then it usually isn’t. That’s starting to get a bit wearying, but given their previous seasons, I imagine it’ll all pay off in the end.
posted by Kattullus at 3:31 AM on October 19, 2018 [1 favorite]

I wanted to hear more about the marijuana brownie trial. Why did he go to trial? What was the plea offer? What did he get as a sentence? What was the evidence presented?
posted by likeatoaster at 6:06 AM on October 19, 2018 [2 favorites]

As a Clevelander, *sigh*..

I think the episode's non-linear, relatively muddy follow-ups and presentations are part symbolic (likely non-intentional):

the justice/courts system's dysfunctions is spread across multiple institutions, generations and responsibility is diffused among said different institutions that can lead most people (hell, even myself) to feel jaded and helpless of where to start Most people, myself included, have been lucky and privileged enough to have a better chance of being listened to and also have relatively more political capital, have had minimal encounters with the court system in Cleveland (and none for myself in East Cleveland). I have lived in Cleveland (the city itself) for about 25 years now (including when I was growing up) and I hadn't even been to East Cleveland until after about 20+ years (for work) because there hadn't been any reason to (the current population is about 17k, about half of what it was in the 90s..).

At admittedly a facial glance, the difficulty with East Cleveland, is that the causes appear myriad (deindustrialization that lowered the tax base - Nela Park's employment is down, I'm sure over the decades) , white flight/blockbusting, corruption within the EC government, overall population decline in the Cleveland area which enable most who can afford to not live there, to not do so, this list isn't exhaustive.).

Since many of these issues have been decades in the making (e.g. white flight/blockbusting, the deindustrialization); the EC corruption, dysfunction - which is still ongoing - appears to be only cause, especially since it's the only one immediately apparent to the younger generation(s).

That said, there's a small neighborhood within the EC municipality (Forest hills) (google street view link) whose houses and roads are in relatively good condition and deserves more, but I'm outta time...
posted by fizzix at 12:41 PM on October 22, 2018 [1 favorite]

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