Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Today's Takeaways: American Hostages Released from North Korea, A 30-Year Cover Up, and A Reporter at Risk
Monday, November 10, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Maryland's highest court has ruled that judges have been giving juries flawed instructions before deliberations, which has led to the release of over 70 inmates. The new Court of Appeals ruling has brought about an intense debate, raising questions about retrying decades-old cases.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Forty percent of inmates held at Rikers Island Correctional Facility have a diagnosed mental illness. This week, a report revealed the cause of inmate Jerome Murdough's death: He had been left in an overheated cell and, as one official put it, "baked to death."
Friday, December 20, 2013
Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates for crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. Aside from the eight lucky ones, 500,000 people remain behind bars across the U.S. for drug violations. Joining The Takeaway to explain Obama's decision is Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
One in twenty-eight children in America has a parent behind bars. And now, for the first time, a muppet does too. Last week, the beloved children's program Sesame Street announced a new initiative entitled "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration." Mike Riggs, an associate editor at Reason magazine, blogged about the topic last week, writing "Congratulations, America, on making it almost normal to have a parent in prison or jail."
Monday, June 17, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
A new report shows New Jersey's county jails are full of people who could not afford bail and are currently awaiting trial.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
When Matthew Parker found out his brother was murdered there was nothing he wanted more than revenge, and that meant the death penalty for the man responsible. The murderer, however, received a sentence of life in prison.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Although it seems like portable radios, CD players, Walkmans have been relegated to the past, today they're the only types of music players (if any) available for use in federal prisons. A new program currently being tested, however, would allow MP3 players and MP3s behind bars. Joining us to explain is Associated Press correspondent Vicki Smith, and Benjamin Harbert, Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University.