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'Bad science' took away this mother's right to a normal life after falsely being convicted of murdering her son

This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Pamela Colloff is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a writer at large.

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Bill Cosby Sentenced to Prison - Judge Declares Him a 'Sexually Violent Predator'

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby received a prison sentence of between 3 and 10 years Tuesday afternoon for sexual assault, in line with what prosecutors had been asking for. Cosby is 81 years old.

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Former Prisoner Diagnoses the Systemic Sickness of Florida’s Penitentiaries Through Art

In 2007, Haitian-American artist Moliere Dimanche was sentenced to 10 years in Florida state prisons, where he ended up serving eight-and-a-half years.

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Trump and Sessions Don’t Realize That Republican Policies Are Behind the Explosive Growth of Violent Prison Gangs

President Donald Trump has not been shy about using the Mara Salvatrucha, a.k.a. MS-13, and Mexican drug cartels to terrify his base and warn them that only Republicans offer genuine protection from all the gang members and drug dealers he insists are coming across the border in droves. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a long-time champion of mass incarceration, the War on Drugs and the Prison/Industrial Complex. In fact, stocks in two privately owned prison companies, CoreCivic and Geo Group, doubled in value after Trump won 2016’s presidential election. 

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Trump Is Threatening the Safety of Transgender Inmates with Obama Regulation Rollback

The Trump administration has just rolled back regulations, mostly from the Obama era, designed to make transgender prisoners more safe. Going forward the Bureau of Prisons will not use an inmate's gender identity, but their biological sex in determining which cell blocks they will be housed in, and which bathrooms transgender inmates can use.

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The Clampdown on Visiting Loved Ones in Prisons and Jails Isn't Helping Anyone

Evie Litwok felt the necessity of visitors when she served time in the Federal Correctional Institute in Tallahassee, Florida. While she was in solitary, visits were cut down to one hour per week, and prisoners were both forbidden physical contact and shackled during visitation. When a woman housed with Litwok found that her husband was unable to afford the trip across state lines for a mere hour, she bashed her head against the cement wall until it was bloody. “Those who survived the best were women who had contact with family,” said Litwok.

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I Am Buried Alive in a Michigan Prison

Risking understatement, I am buried alive inside Michigan's Marquette Maximum Security Prison. I am locked in a windowless cell measuring 10x8 feet, 24 hours per day. For one hour every other day, I am handcuffed, chained around the waist and allowed exercise and a shower in a small cage. I am not allowed to interact with others, or to participate in any educational, vocational, or employment programs. All meals are delivered to the cell. I have no access to a phone. And while I am permitted two, one hour non-contact visits per month -- always conducted through glass -- Marquette is 455 miles away from my hometown of Detroit. Opportunities to visit family and friends are rare.

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North Carolina Prisons Finally Banned This Barbaric Practice Used on Pregnant Inmates

North Carolina became the 19th state to prohibit or restrict the shackling of pregnant inmates during childbirth this week, after its director of prisons, Kenneth Lassiter, signed legislation banning the practice.

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Donald Trump Is Exploiting the Parkland Shooting Toward a Truly Sinister End

Under the Obama administration, high school graduation rates saw a steady rise, reaching a record high of 83 percent in 2015, up from 79 percent in 2011. Much of that was attributable to students of color closing the graduation gap, with black students jumping by 7.6 percentage points in graduation rates over this period and Hispanic students jumping 6.8 percentage points, compared to a 3.6 percentage point rise for white students.

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Prison Food Is Making U.S. Inmates Disproportionately Sick

This article was originally published by The New Food Economy, an independent, non-profit newsroom that investigates the forces shaping how and what we eat. Read the original. Sign up for their newsletter here.

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How to Survive Prison: New Documentary Tackles Horrors of Wrongful Conviction

"The criminal justice system is broken," Jeffrey Deskovic, an executive producer of the new documentary "Survivor's Guide to Prison," told AlterNet in a phone interview. He should know. At the age of 17, Deskovic was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl and sentenced to 15 years in prison—despite the fact that his DNA didn't match the perpetrator's. After his release, Deskovic founded the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation and dedicated his life to exonerating and preventing wrongful convictions. 

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