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President Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., on Thursday as part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system. While there, he met with non-violent drug offenders. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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'Driving Straight,' Giving Back: Rebuilding A Life After Prison

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Is Obama Finally Becoming The President African-Americans Wanted?

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Mary Johnson-Roy spoke with Oshea Israel at StoryCorps in Minneapolis. StoryCorps hide caption

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At The End Of A Murder Sentence, A Redemption Forged From Forgiveness

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Officer Ted Simola, a member of the LAPD mental evaluation unit, responds to a call in February. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

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The Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., is located in a remote corner of the Adirondack Mountains. For years, it's been dogged with allegations of violence and corruption among its officers. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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A Dozen Officials Suspended As Probe Into N.Y. Prison Break Widens

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Law enforcement personnel take cover Friday afternoon after cornering two escaped prisoners off of Route 30 in Malone, N.Y. One prisoner, Richard Matt, was shot dead by law enforcement. Authorities were still searching for escapee David Sweat late Friday night. Matthew Healey/UPI/Landov hide caption

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After Prison Break In New York, Viral Video Raises Questions

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Two men sit inside the chapel at Halden prison in far southeast Norway in this picture taken in 2010. Prisoners here spend 12 hours a day in their cells, compared to many U.S. prisons where inmates spend all but one hour in their cell. STR/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

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Newly Released Texas Inmates Prepare For A Long Ride To Freedom

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In December, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio met with youth offenders at alternative housing on Rikers Island. A new state proposal would spare teens younger than 18 from serving time in adult prisons. Susan Watts/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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In New York, Support Grows For Keeping Teens Out Of Adult Prisons

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Latandra Ellington, 36, was serving time for tax fraud at Lowell Correctional Institution when she died. Florida Department of Corrections hide caption

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Record Number Of Inmate Deaths Has Florida Prisons On The Defensive

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Corrections officer Sgt. Charles Galaviz secures an inmate for transfer with handcuffs and shackles Jan. 24 at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Okla. Overtime is mandatory for correctional officers in the state's prisons, which have a manpower shortage of about 33 percent and the highest inmate homicide rate in the country. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

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A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health worker shows condoms for weekly distribution to inmates in the Men's Central Jail. George Lavender hide caption

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California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

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The hepatitis C medication Sovaldi, from Gilead Sciences, costs $1,000 per pill. It's just one of the new medications introduced in the past year that can cure the disease within weeks or months. Courtesy of Gilead Sciences via AP hide caption

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

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