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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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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Court House in a wheelchair after his sentencing on April 27, 2016 in Chicago, Ill. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victim's fund for breaking banking laws; he had paid hush money to conceal his decades-old sexual abuse of a 14-year-old. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Waymann Washington, a 59-year-old prisoner at the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, was sentenced in 2012 for drug trafficking and is currently earning an associates degree paid for through a federal Pell grant. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption

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Earning A 2-Year Degree While Serving A 6-Year Sentence

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After spending nearly 12 years apart, Five Mualimm-ak, 46, and his son Omar, 23, say their relationship is getting better and they're focusing on the present, not the past. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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While He Was In Prison, His Son Grew Up; Now, 'They're Getting To Know Each Other'

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After 6 Prison Terms, A Former Inmate Helps Other Women Rebuild Their Lives

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