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Why the Death Penalty Is on the Decline
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In the last six or seven years, states have begun to consider new approaches to juvenile offenders, backed by research showing that incarceration actually increases the chances a young person will commit another crime.
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Death by Fire: An Update
Did a Texas prosecutor cut a deal with a jailhouse informant that helped convict an innocent man?
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Florida Gov. Opens New Investigation into O'Connell Death
Authorities initially concluded that Michelle O'Connell killed herself with a gun that belonged to her boyfriend, a deputy sheriff. A new special prosecutor will now take up the case.
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New Report Raises Questions About Guilt of Executed Texas Man
A witness who testified that Willingham confessed to arson says he lied in exchange for favorable treatment from prosecutors.
August 4, 2014
New Report Slams "Unprecedented" Growth in US Prisons
Despite a dramatic boom in incarceration rates, a new report finds that the deterrent effect of tough-on-crime policies remain "highly uncertain."
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