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U.S. Prisons Chief Is Reassigned After Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide in Jail

WASHINGTON — The acting director of the Bureau of Prisons was reassigned on Monday, Attorney General…

New Zealand Officials Admit They Let Christchurch Suspect Send Hateful Letter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The prison authorities in New Zealand acknowledged on Wednesday that they had…

Running to Put San Quentin Behind Him

The morning after he completed his first Boston Marathon, Markelle Taylor was sitting at a boisterous…

A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — “For 23 years, I was a jailhouse lawyer,” said Calvin Duncan, a former inmate…

‘Tragedy Foretold’: Brazil Massacre Highlights Gang Control of Prisons

RIO DE JANEIRO — After the flames were extinguished and guards regained a semblance of control…

Prison Clash Leaves 52 Dead in Northern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — A fight between rival gangs in a prison in northern Brazil left…

Biden Unveils Criminal Justice Plan, With a Focus on Reducing Incarceration

Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose long record on criminal justice matters has cast a shadow over…

Inmates Freed as Justice Dept. Tries to Clear Hurdles of New Law

WASHINGTON — More than 3,000 inmates were freed from federal prison on Friday as part of…

He Emerged From Prison a Potent Symbol of H.I.V. Criminalization

Last week, Michael L. Johnson, a former college wrestler convicted of failing to disclose to sexual…

A ‘Second Chance’ After 27 Years in Prison: How Criminal Justice Helped an Ex-Inmate Graduate

BALTIMORE — Maurice Smith stood anxious and alone, as the crowd of graduates around him hugged…

Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the greatest players in basketball drove down a narrow strip…

Joe Biden on Crime and Mass Incarceration

As Joseph R. Biden Jr. makes his third run for the White House, he is being…

Booker Proposes Clemency for Thousands of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on Thursday announced a plan to offer clemency to more…

Amanda Knox, Tearful and Angry, Speaks in Italy, Years After Murder Acquittal

MODENA, Italy — When Amanda Knox, the American whose murder trial had riveted the world, landed…

What to Know About the Alabama Chemical Castration Law

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has signed a so-called chemical castration measure into law, her office…