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"Ten thousand Texas prisoners approved for parole sit behind bars amid coronavirus pandemic," by Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News, May 28, 2020
"Middlesex Sheriff: Turnover In Jail Population Creates Constant Challenge, Video Visitation May Be Partial Solution," by State House News Service, WBUR, May 28, 2020
"Opinion: Prisoners May Hold the Key to Releasing Us from Coronavirus Lockdown ," by Marc M. Howard, New York Times, May 29, 2020
"Despite COVID-19 Cases, Mississippi Is Slow To Review Jail Populations For Release," by Ko Bragg, The Appeal, May 28, 2020
"Video Captures Poor Conditions At Louisiana Poultry Plant Where Prisoners Are Sent To Work," by Jerry Iannelli, The Appeal, May 28, 2020
"Is COVID-19 Falling Harder on Black Prisoners? Officials Won’t Tell Us.," by Maurice Chammah and Tom Meagher, The Marshall Project, May 28, 2020
"In Prison, Even Social Distancing Rules Get Weaponized," by Christopher Blackwell, The Marshall Project, May 28, 2020
"Federal Defenders Say Jailed Clients Need More Video Time With Attorneys Amid Pandemic," by Jane Wester, New York Law Journal/Law.com, May 28, 2020
"I Was 7 Months Pregnant in Prison. Then COVID-19 Hit.," by Angelina Chapin, The Cut, May 27, 2020
"As Coronavirus Spreads in Federal Prisons, Cases in Halfway Houses are being Undercounted," by Liliana Segura, The Intercept, May 28, 2020
"New York Appealed to Keep an Elderly Prisoner Behind Bars — Then He Got Coronavirus," by Natasha Lennard, The Intercept, May 27, 2020
"Inmates Sue For Releases At North Carolina Federal Prison Where 10 Have Died," by WBUR, NPR, May 27, 2020
"Pa. advocates: Emergency efforts to release people from state prisons moving too slowly," by Aaron Moselle, NPR, May 27, 2020
"Coronavirus in Jails and Prisons," by Kelly Davis, The Appeal, May 27, 2020
"Audio glitches, lousy WiFi, shirtless guests: Miami Zoom court expands despite limitations," by David Ovalle, Miami Herald, May 28, 2020