That Time I Went To Jail
In this short docu-series, a diverse group of everyday people, from graffiti artists to college freshmen, recount their arrest stories and reveal the shocking range of encounters one can have with law enforcement.
Episode 1 – Amir Ouazzani
When gymnast Amir Ouazzani was arrested, he put his flexibility to good use. Listen to his story of a daring near-escape and why his arresting officer called him Houdini.
Episode 2 – El Sawyer
When he was 17, El Sawyer shot someone who was trying to rob him and his brother. After being arrested, they were taken into interrogation and what happened there is a testament to brotherly love.
Episode 3 – Shawnda Chapman Brown
Her boyfriend beat her up, but she went to jail. Despite his abuse, Shawnda Chapman Brown didn’t want to press charges against him, an undocumented immigrant. The system must be broken if the only other option was sending her to jail.
Episode 4 – Jordan Jensen
When comedian and carpenter Jordan Jensen was pulled over, the officer found a mighty suspicious combo of items in her car: an axe, wigs, red paint, and syringes. So how did she get off so easy? She made him laugh.
Episode 5 – Lee Trice
Graffiti artist Lee Trice was arrested when cops mistook him for his friend, notorious NYC tagger Dick Chicken. After Lee refused to snitch, officers offered him a Big Mac and told him, “You’re about to go to hell,” aka central booking.
Episode 6 – Kevin Richards
Kevin Richards met his crush at a party, but not in the way he wanted. When she arrived, he was already in cuffs—and in tears—for trying to save the party from aggressive cops. Being the party hero didn’t exactly make him look like Prince Charming.
Episode 7 – Hannah Laytner
This is the story of how almond milk led to one girl’s arrest. Hannah Laytner walked into a party with Silk and came out with Rolling Rock—guess which one is easier to spot by campus police?
Episode 8 – Hugh Jones
How does an innocuous driving offense lead to having three encounters with the cops, your car being completely torn apart for nothing, and not even a single apology? Was it thorough policing or just plain harassment?
Episode 9 – Max
Max was protesting police brutality when he was tackled to the ground by officers in riot gear. The moment was captured and became a widely used photo of resistance. He was immortalized, but he has no memory of it because of his head injury.
Episode 10 – Daniel Genis
During journalist Daniel Genis’ 10-year stint in a maximum security prison, he was sent to solitary four times. His most noteworthy infraction? The unauthorized exchange of five human souls.
Episode 11 – Redacted
When a heroin addict describes withdrawal as “the flu times a million,” the last thing he needs is an arrest interrupting his doping routine. He can either get his fix somehow or have the worst night of his life.
Episode 12 – Coss Marte
Coss Marte recounts his life as an NYC drug dealer, laughs at his old business name (Happy Endings), and describes his arrest. After doing seven years, he founded CONBODY, a gym that hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness.
Episode 13 – Evie Litwok
After two years in prison, Evie Litwok, a Jewish lesbian and daughter to two Holocaust survivors, founded Witness to Mass Incarceration, which advocates for incarcerated women and LGBTQ people.
Episode 14 – Jennifer Montano
One minute she was driving and the next, Jennifer Montano’s life was forever changed. But her terrible mistake has also given her a new purpose in life: to do better.