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After 8 years, inmates still waiting for trial

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Two men who have been in Mississippi’s Hinds County Detention Center for seven years and eight years without going to trial had known mental health issues when they were incarcerated. They are among nearly 130 inmates have been in the detention center for at least a year without trial. 

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Obama Administration to expand clemency for drug offenders

As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to dramatically increase the number of drug offenders he considers for clemency.  According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president has requested that the Justice Department set up a process to ensure that anyone who has a good case for commutation has their application evaluated.

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Brennan Center Report details 15 different executive actions to reduce mass incarceration

The Brennan Center for Justice has created 15 executive actions that President Obama can carry out without Congress to reduce mass incarceration. The report, “15 Executive Actions” consists of the following recommendations. 

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Playwright takes reality of black men, prisons to main stage

Marcus Gardley is taking his healing to the stage. In a series of plays, the 36-year-old playwright is exercising his freedom of expression by creating satirical works about black men and prisons. 

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After nearly 25 years behind bars, innocent man walks free

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After nearly completing a 25-year sentence for murder, an innocent man will win a bittersweet victory Tuesday when he is expected to walk free. Brooklyn native Jonathan Fleming, 51, served 24 years for allegedly shooting and killing 22-year-old Darryl Rush outside an apartment building in 1989. 

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Jesse Jackson Jr. granted prison relocation after dispute

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who is currently serving a 30-month prison sentence for fraud, conspiracy, and other charges, was recently relocated from a North Carolina prison to a prison in Alabama. This moves comes right after news broke that Jackson had been placed in solitary confinement for several days for giving prisoners advice on their rights.

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Marissa Alexander trial: jury selection set for July 21

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Marissa Alexander,33, appeared in court Wednesday where a judge set a date of July 21 for jury selection in her new trial. Alexander is charged with three counts of attempted assault with a deadly weapon for firing a warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband. 

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Man sentenced to 68 years for string of robberies

A Brooklyn man who launched an armed robbery spree was sentenced to 68 years in prison for the crimes. Robert Costan, 48, was convicted of robbing five businesses a total of 12 times in between October and November 2012. 

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Woman freed after spending more than 30 years in prison

A 74-year-old woman who served 32 years behind bars for a murder committed by her abusive boyfriend will be released from prison. Known as “Mother Mary,” Mary Virginia Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder, kidnapping and robbery in 1981. 

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Music video calls attention to story of Leon Ford

Late last year, we reported the story of Leon Ford, a Pittsburgh teen who was shot by police during a routine traffic stop. No drugs or weapons were found on Ford. Ford is paralyzed and faces up to 20 years in prison for the incident. 

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