Small towns. Big walls. A good place to hide things. Stories and scandals from prisons in rural America.
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Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.
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Prisons helped rural towns, while Black communities in Chicago paid a heavy price. Now, rumors swirl that parts of Pontiac prison may close.Listen — 36:18
Clark Martell led neo-Nazi skinheads. Then, he disappeared. His trail reveals how sex, money and blood have kept the movement alive.Listen — 36:02
In the final episode, the Motive team looks at everything after an assault, including the emotional toll and the decision to pursue justice.Listen — 28:30
Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.Listen — 31:20