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An Australian flag flies outside Bandyup Women's Prison where a woman was forced to give birth alone in a locked prison cell despite pleading for help for more than an hour, according to a newly released report. Paul Kane/Getty Images hide caption

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Keri Blakinger spent nearly two years incarcerated on narcotics charges before becoming a criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle. Nicole Hensley/Houston Chronicle hide caption

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From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: 'I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This'

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Daidre Kimp dresses her daughter, Stella, before starting their day. Stella will go to in-prison daycare, while her mom does chores at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. Eman Mohammed for NPR hide caption

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Federal Legislation Seeks Ban On Shackling Of Pregnant Inmates

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The Donggala District Prison was torched by rioting prisoners one day after the double earthquake and tsunami disasters on Sept. 28. Donggala is close to the epicenter of the earthquake, and rattled prisoners wanted a way out. Noele Mage/NPR hide caption

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Why Inmates Set Free After The Indonesia Quake Are Returning To Their Prison

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The Little Sandy Correctional Complex, located on former farmland outside Sandy Hook, Ky., on Dec. 1, 2005. Four correctional officers sued their supervisor and the Kentucky of Department of Corrections in 2014, alleging the supervisor repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted them and other women for years. Roger Alford /AP hide caption

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In Kentucky, A 'Culture Of Indifference' To Sexual Harassment In Prisons

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

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By some estimates, nearly half of the people confined in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental illness, notes Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. Darrin Klimek/Getty Images hide caption

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'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

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Francis Brauner was instrumental in helping launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of current inmates at Louisiana's Angola prison, suing for care that allegedly caused them "needless pain and suffering." Charles A. Smith hide caption

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Angola Prison Lawsuit Poses Question: What Kind Of Medical Care Do Inmates Deserve?

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Entrance to Camps 5 and 6, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay. (Photo reviewed and cleared by U.S. military.) David Welna/NPR hide caption

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On A Tense Press Tour Of Guantánamo's Prison Complex, Signs Of Expansion

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Madison Jensen, 21, died on Dec. 1, 2016, of a cardiac arrhythmia due to dehydration and opiate withdrawal while in custody of the Duchesne County, Utah, jail. Courtesy of Jared Jensen hide caption

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Pieces of cloth that Mansour Omari and other inmates at a notorious Syrian prison used to document the names of the "disappeared" held with them. They made ink out of blood from their bleeding gums and rust from the prison bars. Dylan Collins/Courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hide caption

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Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

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Benjamine Spencer was 22 years old in 1987 when he was arrested for murder. He was newly married, and expecting his first child. Cooper Neill for NPR hide caption

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Why A Man Declared Innocent Can't Get Out Of Prison

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