June 10, 2012 One of the most daring prison escapes in U.S. history happened 50 years ago Monday. Legend has always held that if the three men who escaped from Alcatraz are still alive, they will return on this anniversary. Unlikely as it seems, NPR's Laura Sullivan — and the U.S. Marshals — plan to be there.
March 24, 2012 As the Supreme Court heard arguments this week on sentencing juveniles, more than a dozen families of teenagers sentenced to life without parole came to Washington to advocate hand-in-hand with the families of the people their children murdered.
March 14, 2012 The Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas will house mostly low-risk detainees awaiting deportation or facing court. With features like a pharmacy, commissary and soccer field, it's a departure from other Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities that critics have called excessively harsh.
December 15, 2011 A new report says just 78 offenders were handed capital sentences this year, marking the first time in more than three decades that fewer than 100 people were sent to death row. Some experts say Americans are becoming ambivalent or opposed to the death penalty, but others note that may be because there is another option: life without parole.
October 25, 2011 In South Dakota, Native American grandparents like Janice Howe are fighting to bring home their grandchildren who are caught up in a foster care system that is placing them with white families off the reservation.
January 15, 2011 The FBI database that gun sellers use to run background checks on would-be buyers is only as good as the records that states put into it. Several studies and experts say those records are often incomplete or missing.