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"The Trial Penalty And The Case Against Preston Byrd," by Kelly Richmond Pope, Forbes, September 20, 2020
"Compassionate release, once seldom used, offers some federal inmates hope," by Clare Hymes, CBS News, September 18, 2020
"For Some Biglaw Firms, It’s Compassion Over Cash-In," by Kevin Ring, Above the Law, September 18, 2020
"Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Abuse Of Allegheny County Jail Inmates With Psychiatric Disabilities," by An-Li Herring, WESA, September 15, 2020
"Prisons and profits: legalized extortion of inmates and families," by Robert Barton, Medium, September 14, 2020
"8th Circuit rules judge can't sentence defendant after telling him federal system 'sucks,' advising on plea bargain," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, September 14, 2020
"Report: Family Incarceration Negatively Impacts The Mental Health Of Black Women," by Elizabeth Trovall, Houston Public Media, September 09, 2020
"N.J. agrees to settlement over allegations of long-term sexual abuse at women’s prison," by Colleen O'Dea, WHYY, September 11, 2020
"The FIRST STEP Act Has Reduced Prison Terms for More Than 7,000 People," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, September 07, 2020
"Alabama’s ‘Vending Machine Justice’ Victims Are Living ‘Like Livestock’," by Beth Shelburne, The Daily Beast, September 07, 2020
"Sentenced under now invalid drug laws and less than a year from freedom, inmate gets COVID-19," by Kristine Phillips, USA Today, August 31, 2020
"We Already Have a Tool That Lowers Crime, Saves Money and Shrinks the Prison Population," by Emily Mooney, Politico, September 01, 2020
"Casualties of the ‘Crack’ Era: Today’s Aging Prisoners," by Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, August 26, 2020
"Opinion: Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?," by Tina Rosenberg, New York Times, August 25, 2020
"Inmates at N.J. women’s prison plagued by sex abuse can sue state," by Associated Press, NJ.com, August 19, 2020