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President Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday as he announces his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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'Jim Crow's Last Stand' In Louisiana May Fall To Ballot Measure

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it found packages of cocaine with a street value of nearly $18 million inside a shipment of bananas. Russ Widstrand/Getty Images hide caption

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Gov. Jerry Brown holds a copy of a bill to end bail he signed Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, co-authored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, third from right, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, right, makes California the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial. It goes into effect in October 2019. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Any amount of opioid use was associated with a higher risk of arrest, parole or probation according to a new study. Marie Hickman/Getty Images hide caption

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Bystanders To Fatal Overdoses Increasingly Becoming Criminal Defendants

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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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An American Marriage: Redefining The American Love Story

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Yasmin Vafa, the executive director of the human rights organization Rights4Girls, says Cyntoia Brown's case is an example of the "sexual abuse-to-prison" pipeline that leads some of the most vulnerable women and girls into the criminal justice system. Bethany Bandera hide caption

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Advocates Say Cyntoia Brown's Case Is Part Of The 'Sexual Abuse-To-Prison' Pipeline

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A Krispy Kreme doughnut was to blame for a white substance that led to an Orlando man being jailed on drug charges. Results from roadside drug test kits conducted by law enforcement officers can be unreliable. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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This is a Nov. 17, 1967 file photo of former president Lyndon B. Johnson. That year a commission Johnson had organized to come up with recommendations for how to win his "war on crime" issued their report. The legacy of some of those recommendations can be seen today. AP hide caption

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A juvenile resident sits in a classroom at the Department of Juvenile Justice's Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. Steve Karnowski/AP hide caption

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Cop Shooting Death Cases Raise Question: When Is Fear Reasonable?

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Eduardo walks by the spot where he was arrested for selling cocaine when he was 17 in New York City. He was recently pardoned by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a program that helps people who committed a nonviolent crime when they were 16 or 17 and have stayed conviction-free for at least 10 years. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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After Teenage Mistakes, Pardons Give Second Chances To Ex-Offenders

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Lawyers for the family of Nie Shubin, who was executed by firing squad in 1995 for rape and murder, leave court in December 2014. China's Supreme Court exonerated Nie on Dec. 2, following years of effort by his family to clear his name. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Exonerates Man Executed 21 Years Ago For A Murder He Didn't Commit

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State's attorney candidate Aramis Ayala speaks at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 28. Joey Roulette hide caption

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In The Black Lives Matter Era, An Effort To Elect More Diverse Prosecutors

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