Realistic-looking wooden pistols carved and painted by an inmate at the Walls Unit prison in Huntsville, Texas, in 1964. They were intended to be used in an escape attempt but were discovered by employees of the prison. Courtesy of Texas Prison Museum hide caption

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From Homemade Weapons To Inmate Art, An Inside Look At Life Behind Bars

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Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the government offices in Sydney on July 10. On Tuesday, Turnbull called for an investigation into allegations that teenagers were abused at a juvenile detention center in the northern part of the country. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption

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In this 2014 photo, prisoners are closely guarded at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. According to state media, at least 200 male inmates were freed from this prison as a result of President Robert Mugabe's pardons. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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After he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army soldiers to a waiting helicopter on Jan. 8. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch tours a factory where inmates work at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Ala. on April 29, 2016. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Training Helps Inmates Build A Bridge To Life Outside Prison Walls

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Stacey McHoul said she ran out of psychiatric medicine a few days after leaving jail last year and soon began using heroin again. Courtesy of Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Elizabeth Bennett, director of partnerships for Together We Bake, and Nikki Yates, program participant, place cookie dough they've just made onto baking sheets. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

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One of the last family photos of Bernard Simmons is shown by his sister, Debra Simmons, in her home in Chicago. Peter Hoffman for NPR hide caption

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Doubling Up Prisoners In 'Solitary' Creates Deadly Consequences

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