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News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
Feature February 26
A court battle over an obscure Tennessee statute freed these men from prison. Years later, they were told they must return.
Analysis January 19
Donald Trump’s volatile approach to granting clemency epitomizes a system that many have long hoped to change.
News November 5, 2020
Unlike many law enforcement unions that endorsed the president, Bureau of Prisons staff argue he's anti-union.
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 September 19, 2020
Months ago, the attorney general ordered pandemic prison releases. After 24 years behind bars, Miller is one of many still waiting for a ticket home.
News September 17, 2020
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, required by law to be bipartisan, helps set prison terms for more than 70,000 people every year.
Feature July 10, 2020
Officials’ missteps at Butner made it the deadliest federal lockup.
Coronavirus May 21, 2020
Just a small fraction of federal prisoners have been sent home. Many others lack legal help and connections to make their case.