In the summer of 1974, Rasberry Williams shot and killed a Waterloo man over a $30 gambling debt. In April, Governor Terry Branstad granted Williams’ request for commutation, making him eligible for parole. We continue our corrections series by talking about when a life sentence should be reconsidered. Then, we learn about Skylark, which works with victims of domestic violence on commutation requests, and the Innocence Project of Iowa, which is about to file its first case.
Though the Great Recession ended in 2009, families that were once considered middle-class still struggle to get by. Host Ben Kieffer talks with filmmaker and University of Iowa graduate Devon Terrill about her new documentary “An American Winter,” which profiles eight families who fell out of the middle class during the Great Recession. IPR's Sandhya Dirks tells us about the push to get an Iowa inmate's sentence commuted. And is your NCAA pool legal? Geoff Greenwood from the Iowa Attorney General's Office outlines the regulations governing social gambling.