Tonight's theme episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three and five hours later), is all about the recent movement to (long-overdue) criminal justice reform, spearheaded by the likes of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
The show starts with a wide-ranging debate between the co-hosts and two former prosecutors: Fox News Legal Analyst Lis Wiehl and The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle. Next comes testimony from a man named Five Mualimm-ak, who spent five years in solitary confinement (hence the name), and now runs the Incarcerated Nation Campaign. After a discussion about botched executions and capital punishment, the show then interviews former South-Central L.A. cocaine kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross. Yes, that Freeway Ricky Ross.
"America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio then talks about his controversial incarceration tactics and alleged racism; the ACLU's Vanita Gupta discusses racial disparities in drug arrests and sentencing, and the co-hosts finish the program off by talking about what steps led to this moment of possible reformation. It's a high-quality, entertaining, and informative news program, and I hope you invite your friends to sit around and watch. And if you are intrigued by these ideas, please consult Reason's special July 2011 issue on the subject, "Criminal Injustice."