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"Opinion: How Would You Spend a Life Sentence?," by Jesse Wegman, New York Times, September 15, 2019
"Here's What It's Like For A Woman To Serve Life In Prison," by Gabriel H. Sanchez, Buzzfeed News, September 12, 2019
"Utah officials want to let minority defendants raise issues of race and bias at their sentencing," by Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, September 06, 2019
"Arizona Blasted Over Ongoing Prison Health Care Failures," by Brad Poole, Courthouse News Service, September 06, 2019
"Lawsuit aims to end solitary confinement of children in Florida," by Romy Ellenbogen, Miami Herald, September 05, 2019
"The graying of America's prisons: 'When is enough enough?'," by Eileen Rivers, USA Today, September 06, 2019
"VIDEO: ‘Justice For All’: Lester Holt goes inside America’s largest maximum security prison," by Lester Holt, NBC News, September 04, 2019
"Recognizing the ‘Dual Victim’," by Vaidya Gullapalli, The Appeal, August 30, 2019
"How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect End in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison," by Jose Olivares, The Intercept, August 29, 2019
"Opinion: Mandatory minimums harm children," by Nila Bala and James Dold, The Hill, August 27, 2019
"‘Nobody cared’: A woman gave birth alone in a jail cell after her cries for help were ignored, laws," by Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, August 29, 2019
"He stole $50 and got life without parole. 35 years later, he’s coming home.," by Antonia Noori Farzan , Washington Post, August 29, 2019
"Pennsylvania Inmates Create Animated Short Films To Tell Stories Of Prison Life," by Robin Young, WBUR, August 27, 2019
"Some of the Country’s Worst Prisons Have Escaped Justice Department Action," by Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, August 20, 2019
"I Tried to Tell the World About Epstein’s Jail. No One Wanted to Listen.," by Jeanne Theoharis, The Atlantic, August 16, 2019