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"Thousands of inmates released to home confinement wait as government decides their fate," by Chris Conte, The Denver Channel, May 05, 2021
"Federal prisoners on home confinement due to Covid-19 may be sent back behind bars," by NBC News Now, NBC News, May 04, 2021
"High Court Considers Shorter Sentences for Crack Cocaine Charges," by Jack Rodgers, Courthouse News Service, May 04, 2021
"'I Believe In Redemption' — Maine Lawmakers Consider Reinstating Parole," by Susan Sharon, MPBN, April 28, 2021
"More charges, but no word on N.J. prison investigations," by Colleen O'Dea, WHYY, April 29, 2021
"Opinion: Prolonged solitary confinement is torture. It’s time for all states to ban it.," by Tammie Gregg and Donna Lieberman, Washington Post, April 28, 2021
"Alabama judge resentences Evan Miller, the youngest person ever given life without parole," by Brandon Sapienza, New York Daily News, April 27, 2021
"Thirty-Year Drug Sentence Must Be Reduced Under First Step Act," by Bernie Pazanowski, Bloomberg Law, April 27, 2021
"Opinion: I was sentenced to 30 years to life at 16. I shouldn’t have been sent into the adult system.," by Robert Barton, Washington Post, April 25, 2021
"Michigan Argues Jewish Inmates Must Buy Their Own Kosher Meals," by Kevin Koeninger, Courthouse News Service, April 22, 2021
"Meet the scientists building a prison-to-STEM pipeline," by Christina Couch, PBS, April 19, 2021
"A prisoner was 'covered in filth and barking like a dog' after 600 days of solitary confinement in a Virginia jail," by Naina Bhardwaj, Business Insider, April 17, 2021
"She got life in a drug case. Decades later, Colombian woman free, thanks to Florida supporters," by Jay Weaver and Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, April 17, 2021
"Sacco urges Murphy to sign bill eliminating mandatory minimum sentences," by Daniel Israel, Hudson Reporter, April 17, 2021
"Opinion: Virginia should roll back the punitive influence of prosecutors and victims on parole decisions," by Nora V. Demleitner, Washington Post, April 16, 2021