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By PBS NewsHour
In upstate New York, two prisoners from the state's largest maximum security prison were discovered missing Saturday. Since then, police have swept the town and countryside, searching for the two convicted murdered who cut through cement walls and steel gratings…
The U.S. accounts for just 5 percent of the world’s population, but it houses more than 20 percent of its prisoners. Now groups on opposite sides of the political spectrum are working together to overhaul the country’s criminal justice system.
Cities across the country are increasingly turning to what are known as private probation companies to collect unpaid fines. But are indigent people ending up in jail because they can't afford to pay? Special correspondent John Carlos Frey takes an…
By Bridget Bowman
The British Court of Appeal ruled that judges should continue issuing “whole-life” prison sentences. The ruling overturns a European court decision that said such terms violate a prisoner’s human rights.
Iran agreement and a get-tough program that's keeping many probationers out of prison.
Spencer Michels reports from California on the state's effort to comply with a Supreme Court ruling to alleviate overcrowding in the state's prisons.
Divided High Court Orders Calif. to Ease Overcrowding in Prisons…
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that the living conditions in overcrowded California prisons threatened inmates' health and violated constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment. Ray Suarez discusses the outcome with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle, who was…
A new report shows states are devoting larger portions of their budgets to prisons.
President Barack Obama defended his decision to close the Guantanamo prison camp Thursday and pledged to work with Congress to develop a system for imprisoning detainees who may need to come to the U.S. if they can't be tried or…
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