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The Growing Crisis of Heatwave Deaths in America’s Prisons

Last September, at his graduation from Northwestern University, Michael Broadway reconnected with his mother, Elizabeth, for the first time in two decades. Due to her ailing health, she couldn't visit him. As an incarcerated man, he didn't have the option to travel to her, either. For those two decades, Broadway was held inside Stateville Correctional […]

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Maryland Governor’s Marijuana Pardons a Win for Justice, But Is It Enough?

Stephanie Shepard has had unsettling feelings in the pit of her stomach ever since she was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. She couldn't believe that a drug sentence’s mandatory minimum carried more weight than a homicide-related offense. Before Shepard was transferred from New York to a […]

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Parole and Probation Rules Limit Travel. That Can Be Complicated for People Seeking Abortions.

Originally published by The 19th In the two years since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022, the number of patients forced to seek out-of-state abortion services has doubled. Fourteen states have total abortion bans, three more restrict abortions after six weeks — before most people know they are pregnant — and two others […]

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Trump and the Racial Inequality of Felony Convictions

You could describe former President Donald Trump in many ways: ex-reality television personality, unsuccessful businessman, wannabe king. Also: felon. On Thursday, a Manhattan jury found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in a hush-money scheme involving the adult film star Stormy Daniels. He’s the first former president in U.S. history […]

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Former Prosecutor Avoids Prison, But How Did She Get Here?

A federal court judge spared Marilyn Mosby from spending a minute behind bars for mortgage fraud and perjury. Throughout the nearly six-hour hearing inside a Greenbelt, Maryland, courthouse were three rooms reserved for the former Baltimore City state’s attorney’s supporters who traveled from across the country. Statements were read by nearly a dozen people, including […]