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"Lawsuit Alleges Women Are Held In Worse Conditions Than Men At Upstate New York Jail," by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, May 19, 2020
"‘They put me in solitary for having oranges’ — incarcerated Muslims struggle during Ramadan," by Joseph Darius Jaafari, WHYY, May 15, 2020
"Federal Judge Rejects Guilty Plea Constructed By Prosecutors To Limit Remedies For Compassionate Release," by Walter Pavlo, Forbes, May 15, 2020
"Sentenced for Three Strikes, Then Freed. Now Comes a Pushback.," by Maria Cramer, New York Times, May 12, 2020
"Second Chances Are Better Than Long Sentences," by Mark Holden, Morning Consult, May 11, 2020
"Can College Programs in Prison Survive COVID-19?," by Nicole Lewis, The Marshall Project, May 04, 2020
"College Programs In Prison Show The Value Of Educating Every American," by Rodney Spivey-Jones, The Appeal, April 29, 2020
"Education Dept. expands Pell grant initiative for inmates to take college classes," by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, April 24, 2020
"Justice In America Episode 29: Schools In Prison," by Josie Duffy Rice, Derecka Purnell, Dyjuan Tatro and Wesley Caines, The Appeal, April 22, 2020
"The Supreme Court Just Struck Down The Last State Law Allowing Split Jury Verdicts," by Jay Willis, The Appeal, April 20, 2020
"Federal prisons make inmate calling, video visits free during pandemic," by John Hendel, Politico, April 14, 2020
"Right to a speedy trial? Constitutional concerns flare as Philly courts extend shutdown," by Max Marin, NPR, April 14, 2020
"He served nearly 44 years in solitary confinement. He was innocent of the crime.," by KK Ottesen, Washington Post, March 31, 2020
"The sentence of life without parole spikes in Ohio as death-penalty cases drop," by John Caniglia, Cleveland.com, March 22, 2020
"To Prevent Coronavirus Spread, New Jersey Authorizes Major Jail Release," by Kira Lerner, The Appeal, March 23, 2020