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David Padilla with his daughter Sasha after being released a halfway house. This was his last step to returning home after nearly two decades in federal prison. Isaac Turner for NPR hide caption

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'It's Just The Beginning Now,' Says Man Freed From Serving 2 Life Sentences

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Prosecutor Robert Zauzmer (left) from the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia will head up the Justice Department's effort on pardons. Brad Bower/AP hide caption

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New Pardon Chief In Obama Justice Department Inherits A Huge Backlog

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"As far as I know ... there is no problem of over-incarceration for rich, white financial or environmental executives," defense lawyer Jeffrey Robinson of the American Civil Liberties Union said. Aleksandar Dancu/iStock hide caption

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Last October, a 15-year-old student and member of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington opened fire at his high school with a gun obtained from his father. The tribe had issued a restraining order against the father, but that information didn't show up in the federal criminal database — so he was able to buy the gun. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Crime Program Aims To Close Trust Gap Between Government, Tribes

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Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, with teammate Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Debate: Is It Time To Abolish The Death Penalty?

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