Cheryl CorleyCheryl Corley is a Chicago-based NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk. She primarily covers criminal justice issues as well as breaking news in the Midwest and across the country.
Chief of Security Joe Charvat walks the halls of the state penitentiary's Behavior Intervention Unit (BIU) — the prison's name for solitary confinement. Typically there are about 20 inmates in the cells, far fewer than in previous years.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and in solidarity with the family and supporters of Stephon Clark and others killed by police, demonstrators protest and march in the Magnificent Mile shopping district on April 2, 2018 in Chicago.
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In this Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, Chicago police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters in Chicago, during a protest for the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Ledura Watkins greets family and supporters following his 2017 release from the Wayne County Jail in Detroit. Watkins was convicted in 1976 of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are no longer confident in the hair evidence used to convict him. Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School's Innocence Project helped Watkins fight for his release. His conviction has been set aside.
Former juvenile-lifers Johnny Alexander (left, in cap) and Edward Sanders, second from right, work with staff and students to learn how to check their credit scores at a workshop run by Michigan's State Appellate Defenders Office or SADO.
Members of the San Leandro Police Department SWAT Team during a planned training exercise in 2013. The FBI has been monitoring "swatting" — made-up crimes called in to 911 that are designed to get SWAT teams to deploy — for nearly 10 years.