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Prison reform: Meet Naya Savera, a band of former convicts belting out tunes of change

The band called Naya Savera has brought a new morning for Sunil Maida, Ashish Sharma and Shoib Khan…

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Virginia uses attack dogs in prisons more than any other state. Now lawmakers want to crack down.

Lawmakers are taking action after a Business Insider investigation found Virginia prisons had deplo…

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America's mass-incarceration problem is a huge cost suck for the entire economy — but it's especially devastating for minority communities

One study estimates the cost of incarceration in the US is $180 billion a year. "Throwing more poli…

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Man who has been imprisoned nearly 30 years is unlikely to be released unless he confesses to a murder he says his son committed

A 78-year-old named Joseph Gordon says he dumped a body to protect his son but did not commit the m…

Taiyler Simone Mitchell   


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See photos of the last prison ship still operating in the US. The 5-story vessel is slated to close this week.

The controversial Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center is the last-running prison ship in the US. The…

Associated Press,Haley Tenore   


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Black offenders are more likely to get federal life sentences than Hispanic and white offenders, a new study finds

In an analysis of federal convictions from 2010 to 2017, Black offenders were involved in less than…

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I was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time offense. 21 years later, Kim Kardashian pushed for my release.

After she was sentenced to life for a first-time offense, Alice Johnson advocated for change within…

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Johnny Cash once sang about the 'living hell' at San Quentin State Prison. A new program there aims to help inmates sing a different tune.

The owner of a music-based non-profit is bringing songwriting to San Quentin state prison this fall…

Sebastian Cahill   


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Meet Zelenskyy's pick for Ukraine's new defense minister, who's been deeply involved with Russian negotiations and prisoner exchanges

In March 2022, Rustem Umerov experienced symptoms of poisoning while he was involved in peace negot…

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan   


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More than 130 justice organizations urge Biden to fulfill campaign promise of ending solitary confinement

The number of inmates in solitary confinement grew fivefold during the pandemic, according to a Jun…

Erin Snodgrass   


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New York will end long-term solitary confinement in prisons after long fight for reform

The legislation, which will put a 15-day consecutive limit on how long someone can be held in isola…

Erin Snodgrass   


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The Justice Department is suing Alabama, saying it failed to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse committed by other inmates and prison staff

The complaint, which is the result of a multiyear investigation, alleges the state violated the Con…

Kelsey Vlamis   


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Texas just raised the price of bottled water in prisons by 50% amid one of the state's most extreme heat waves yet

The price hike will make it even harder for incarcerated people to access water — the tap wat…

Katie Hawkinson   


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A transgender woman died while in custody on Rikers Island after she couldn't afford $500 bail. NYC just agreed to pay her family $5.9 million.

Layleen Polanco had an epileptic seizure while being held in isolation at Rikers Island in 2019. A …

Frank Carber   


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Should Derek Chauvin face 30 years in prison? Criminal justice reform advocates say a long sentence would do more harm than good

"People do have a right to celebrate a guilty verdict," said activist Katherin Hervey. "However, ou…

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz   


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An app will turn your digital message into a physical letter and send it to loved ones in prison for free as the pandemic bans in-person visits to jails

Ameelio is striving to provide free alternatives to the high-cost calling services that are current…

Katie Canales   


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If politicians are serious about fighting the pandemic, there's a clear way to do it: release people from jail

Our elected officials will be responsible for thousands of deaths in jails and prisons if they stan…

Ashish Prashar   


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Progressive prosecutor Larry Krasner is taking on gun violence and ‘dirty cops’ in Philadelphia

In an interview, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner defended his handling of the city's g…

Charles R. Davis