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"In Court, Souza-Baranowski Superintendent Defends Lockdown, Prisoner Restrictions," by Deborah Becker, NPR, February 13, 2020
"Feds: Prison guards, inmates and others ran contraband ring," by The Associated Press, Washington Post, February 13, 2020
"Life and Loss: A Son Sentenced to Die in a Pennsylvania Prison," by Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal, February 13, 2020
"Lawmakers weigh mental health treatment in jails and homes," by Stephen Groves, Associated Press, February 11, 2020
"Editorial: Incarcerated women need mores services to transition back into Maryland society," by The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2020
"Oklahoma ill-prepared to help incarcerated people needing education, according to national report," by Corey Jones, Tulsa World, February 11, 2020
"Rosa Jimenez Went To Prison For Murdering A Child. Four Judges Have Said She’s Most Likely Innocent ," by Kira Lerner and Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, February 12, 2020
"Editorial: 'A step backwards': Mandatory minimum sentences won’t stop violent crime in Missouri," by The Kansas City Star Star Editorial Board, The Kansas City Star, February 10, 2020
"DOC, Inmate Attorneys Offer Far Different Pictures Of Events At Mass. Max Security Prison," by Deborah Becker, WBUR, February 10, 2020
"How Witness Identifications Send Innocent People To Prison," by Jay Willis, The Appeal, February 11, 2020
"In Kentucky, you can be charged for jail costs — even if you're innocent," by Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier-Journal, February 07, 2020
"Cancer Patient’s Prison Sentence Is A Glaring Outlier In A Pennsylvania County ," by Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal, February 10, 2020
"Bureau of Prisons and the Designation Process," The JustPod, January 24, 2020
"Clemency Gave Him A Second Chance. He Won't Forget His Friends Who Haven't Been As Lucky," by Kira Lerner, The Appeal, February 06, 2020
"They Went to Jail. Then They Say They Were Strapped to a Chair for Days.," By Maurice Chammah, Marshall Project, February 07, 2020