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June 18, 2020
“I Begged Them To Let Me Die”: How Federal Prisons Became Coronavirus Death Traps.
The Bureau of Prisons was unprepared and slow to respond. Then officials took steps that helped spread the virus.
August 13, 2018
Why Incarcerated People At Poultry Plants Deserve Better
Hazardous conditions undermine the benefits of early work release.
June 21, 2018
Your Loved One Dies. The Prison Leaves a Voicemail.
Policies for notifying families about inmate deaths vary by state. Some say the process is often inhumane.
December 15, 2016
How Blacks and Whites Die Differently in Prison
New federal data shows some stark racial disparities.
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Case in Point
September 26, 2016
The DNA Tests That Came Too Late to Save Two Men
Percell Warren and Nathaniel Epps died while fighting a rape conviction — but their battle still goes on.
March 24, 2016
The Deadly Consequences of Solitary With a Cellmate
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
November 30, 2014
What Death Penalty Opponents Don’t Get
There are fates worse than death.
November 15, 2014
Dying in Attica
An aging bank robber faces the end.
John J. Lennon