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The Arizona Department of Corrections said it would give inmates three times the amount of free sanitary napkins, following a backlash to restrictions. Inmates are still required to purchase tampons. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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People walk by a sign at the entrance to Rikers Island on March 31, 2017. New York cITY Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he agrees with the fundamentals of a plan to close the jail complex within 10 years. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In this June 18, 2015, photo, a prisoner walks near his crowded living area in Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. Tuesday's ruling comes in a class action lawsuit brought by inmates who argued the conditions violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Artist and flipbooked.com founder Liza Tudor thumbs through "1st Steps," a flipbook of Nicole Garrens' son Zander's first steps. Tudor sent the flipbook to Garrens' husband, Roy, who's currently incarcerated in Texas. Noel Black for NPR hide caption

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Flipbooks Help Prisoners Stay Connected To Their Loved Ones

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This Jan. 28, 2016 file photo shows a solitary confinement cell at New York City's Riker's Island jail. On March 31, 2016, a federal judge approved a sweeping plan to reduce solitary confinement in New York state prisons. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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New York's Solitary Confinement Overhaul Gets Pushback From Union

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Inmates from the Eastern Correctional Facility listen as professor Delia Mellis leads a class on the Cold War. More than 300 students are enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative each semester, within a curriculum that offers over 60 courses. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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College Classes In Maximum Security: 'It Gives You Meaning'

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In December 1951, Norfolk Prison hosted its first international debate, against Oxford University. The debater pictured, Dick Taverne, went on to be a member of Parliament. When the prison hosted debates, church groups, local business owners, even judges and politicians would come and sit in the audience alongside inmates. Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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After Half A Century, Inmates Resurrect The Norfolk Prison Debating Society

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While incarcerated, Mark Baskerville says he suffered five diabetic comas. He says he's now doing a better job of managing his health. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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Helping Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of The ER Brings Multiple Benefits

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After he was sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm, Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, discovered how hard it was to eat healthy behind bars. His new cookbook tells the story. Teddy Wolff/Infamous Books hide caption

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In this 2014 photo, prisoners are closely guarded at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe. According to state media, at least 200 male inmates were freed from this prison as a result of President Robert Mugabe's pardons. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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