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The Takeaway

Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws

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.

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The Takeaway

GA Execution is First Since Botched Injection

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Georgia prisoner Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in the 1989 rape and murder of a teenage girl, was the first prisoner put to death since the horribly botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Three American Hikers Talk About Being Imprisoned in Iran

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking Iraqi Kurdistan when they mistakenly crossed the Iranian border, were arrested, and were held in Iran's Evin Prison for two years on charges of espionage.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 374: Voices Behind Bars

Monday, May 19, 2014

When StoryCorps visited Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, one of the inmates who told his story was Carlos Rocha.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Imprisoned in Iran

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Three American hikers were held in Iran's Evin Prison for two years on charges of espionage tell their story of isolation and survival.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says Union Head Ordered Rikers Island Slowdown

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused the head of the correction officers union of ordering a slowdown earlier this week that prevented many inmates from reaching their court dates.

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The Takeaway

A Palestinian Reaction to the Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. Many Israelis support the swap, but Arnold Roth, who was on The Takeaway yesterday, does not. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. The woman who drove that bomber is one of the 477 set to be released today.

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The Takeaway

477 Palestinian Prisoners to Be Freed

Monday, October 17, 2011

Israel released the names of the 477 Palestinian prisoners it will free on Tuesday in exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas since 2006. Most of the prisoners were serving life sentences for violent crimes, including murder. About 200 of the prisoners will not be allowed to return home, and will be exiled to Qatar and Turkey. A poll by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth found nearly 79 percent of Israelis support the swap.

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