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Alicia Cypress

Shirley Ree Smith, whose prison sentence was commuted by California Gov. Jerry Brown, began creating greeting cards for her grandchildren while she was incarcerated. While she was out of custody after a series of legal appeals, until today, she still faced the possibility of returning to prison. Courtney Perry for NPR hide caption

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Courtney Perry for NPR

Death investigations among seniors are often skipped, leaving the growing population vulnerable to neglect and abuse. Andres Cediel/Frontline hide caption

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Andres Cediel/Frontline

Unlike the medical examiner's office in New Mexico, which routinely autopsies sudden or violent deaths, most U.S. hospitals perform postmortem examinations only rarely. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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