is to give survivors of injustice a platform to tell their stories.
With those stories they spread awareness of the flaws in the US justice System and to inspire listeners to advocate for reform.
We Podcast To Help...
- Spread Awareness of Wrongful Conviction
- Empower Exonerees to use their voice as a tool for advocacy
- Advocate for those who are currently wrongfully incarcerated
- Inspire listeners to work together to solve the issues in the justice system
- Stop Mass Incarceration
Convicted is a serial style podcast, that was released in April of 2017.
Season 1 tells the story of Richard Nicolas, a man who is currently incarcerated though he clearly did not receive a fair trial. It searches for the answer to the question "what if he didn't do it?" It made it to #1 on the Apple Podcast chart.
Season 2 tells the story of a black man born into poverty and surrounded by gang activity. At the age of 15 he was shot twice in the stomach and at the age of 17 he was arrested for murder. Twenty-two years later when he was 39 another man confessed to the crime he had been convicted of and he was finally exonerated.
Actual Innocence is an interview style podcast, released in the Winter of 2016 and has been downloaded over 9 million times. The goal of Actual Innocence is to spread awareness of wrongful conviction and empower the exonerated individuals that share their stories as a tool for advocacy. This program is currently retired.
Additional Podcast Work
Cold Case Files: The Podcast
Cold Case Files: The Podcast is an episodic podcast that coincides with the A&E Network Television show Cold Case Files. Because of her unique insights into human behavior, the justice system, and passion for seeing justice served she was asked to host the Cold Case Files podcast. The podcast is produced and owned by A&E and Brooke acts as the host with additional responsibilities such as research into new developments and script writing. The podcast is available by following this link: listen to Cold Case Files: The Podcast
The Founder of Borrowed Equipment Pods
Brooke has a Master's Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and addictions. She previously worked as a therapist. She was shocked by the story of Brendan Dassey in the series "Making a Murderer" - previously unaware of the societal issue of wrongful conviction. Her new understanding of the justice system and the injustices within it inspired her to take action.
"I was an educated person" she said "and if I didn't know about wrongful conviction - I had to wonder who else didn't know. The social worker within me needed to spread awareness and podcasting felt like the right path."
Brooke is the creater and executive producer of Borrowed Equipment Pod's original podcasts. One such production was referred to as "the new serial" by Refinery 29 and was said by The Guardian to "have the power to keep listeners hooked".