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Joseph Neff is an investigative reporter who worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and The Associated Press. He was a Pulitzer finalist and has won awards including the Goldsmith Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi and others. He was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.
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Feature June 23
That's probably an undercount. But data from San Jose offers a glimpse of what the national scale of police violence might be.
Sean McQuiddy contracted COVID-19 while at a federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.
News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
Feature May 24
The U.S. Department of Justice in 1995 warned that people may die when police tie handcuffed wrists to bound ankles.
Insurrectionists gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
News April 1
Citing the protections of the First Amendment, prosecutors often use other charges as a workaround to go after members of hate groups.
Feature December 9, 2020
Prisoners, guards face danger from chronic understaffing by MTC
News October 21, 2020
A federal judge ruled prisoners can get the $1,200 checks many Americans received in the spring. Some prison systems are putting up roadblocks, lawyers and prisoners say.
News October 7, 2020
Wardens blocked bids for freedom as COVID-19 spread behind bars, data shows.
Feature July 10, 2020
Officials’ missteps at Butner made it the deadliest federal lockup.
The N.C. Supreme Court ordered relief for death row inmates if racial bias infected their case. One of the cases decided Friday was Rayford Burke, whom the prosecutor called "a big black bull" during closing arguments to an all-white jury.
News June 11, 2020
The North Carolina state Supreme Court has upheld the controversial Racial Justice Act, which opponents repealed in 2013
 The entrance to the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, Texas.
Coronavirus May 30, 2020
As if coronavirus wasn’t bad enough, plumbing problems are making life in some Texas prisons even more miserable.