When state prison populations were at their peak, prisons like San Quentin in California used gymnasiums to house inmates in bunks. Now it's the federal prison system that's overcrowded. The Bureau of Prisons says it's 35 to 40 percent over capacity. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind
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Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages
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The bustling Sidamo coffee shop in Washington's H Street Northeast neighborhood. The area has attracted many new, young residents and high-end bars, retail and restaurants over the past several years. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents
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Mentally ill inmates who are able to shower, eat, sit quietly and otherwise care for themselves live in the jail's Division 2. A psychologist is stationed right outside the room, and officers are specially trained to deal with psychotic episodes. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help
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Prince George's County, Md., Police Officer Juan Damian and Dora Escobar outside one of her popular check cashing businesses. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label
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Bill Baker returned to Alcatraz for the first time since he was an inmate there more than 50 years ago. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back
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New Details Emerge On Woman Shot After Capitol Hill Car Chase
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Booz Allen Hamilton A Major Player In Intelligence Community
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South Dakota Officials Miss Historic Meeting With Tribes
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Older Suspect Described As Controlling, Manipulative
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Getting Lost In The Prison System
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Stephen Slevin, who spent more than 22 months in solitary confinement despite not being convicted of a crime, is seen here in Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department photos, before and after his time in solitary. AP hide caption

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Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System
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Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. He was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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South Dakota Tribes Accuse State Of Violating Indian Welfare Act
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Tribal Coalition Report Finds South Dakota 'Willfully' Violated Child Welfare Law
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