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What Happens When You're on Parole and Fail a Drug Test?
Not necessarily what you might think. Watch an excerpt from the new documentary, "Life on Parole."
July 18, 2017
What Statistics Can’t Explain About Life on Parole
While covering inmates re-entering society, Shaila Dewan saw how people can be locked into the complex justice system, no matter how enlightened that system tries to be.
July 17, 2017
She’s His Rock. His Parole Officer Won’t Let Him See Her.
As prison rolls drop and the number of parolees increases, a Connecticut man learns that getting out of prison is not the same as being free.
July 16, 2017
Life on Parole
Follow four former prisoners in Connecticut as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.
July 18, 2017
Charges for FBI Agent Renew Scrutiny of Elite Team
An FBI agent has been indicted for lying about firing his weapon during the fatal shooting of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum.
June 29, 2017
They Were Sentenced as “Superpredators.” Who Were They Really?
A closer look at those who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles during the "superpredator" scare of the 1990s.
May 2, 2017
How Brain Science Is Changing How Long Teens Spend in Prison
In the 1990s, before scientists had the tools to understand the teenage brain, judges around the country sentenced thousands of adolescents to life in prison. Today, emerging science is reshaping how long juveniles offenders spend behind bars.
May 2, 2017
Should Teens Convicted of Murder Get a Second Chance?
At age 17, Anthony Rolon stabbed 20-year-old Bobby Botelho to death. In an excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary "Second Chance Kids," go inside the parole hearing that will decide his fate.
May 2, 2017
Second Chance Kids
Inside the fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling.
May 2, 2017
Solitary By the Numbers
A closer look at who is being held in solitary, where and why.
April 18, 2017
Reducing Solitary Confinement, One Cell At A Time
More than 30 states have moved to reduce their use of solitary confinement as prison hunger strikes, lawsuits and activism have brought new scrutiny to the mental health effects of isolation, and the risks that freed prisoners might pose following long-term exposure to solitary.
April 18, 2017
Does Solitary Confinement Make Inmates More Likely To Reoffend?
Supporters of solitary confinement have speculated that the harsh conditions of isolation may deter inmates from committing more crimes in the future. Data from correctional facilities in a handful of states reveal a different story.
April 18, 2017