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Prison Rehabilitation
6:50 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals

Inmate Joseph Njonge at work in the Stafford Creek Corrections Center conservation nursery.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

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Prison Deaths
4:41 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Washington DOC Will Try To Learn From Recent Suicides

The Washington Department of Corrections no longer disciplines inmates for acts of self-harm, including suicide attempts.
Credit AP Images

Two Washington prison inmates have committed suicide in recent weeks at the state’s main intake facility in Shelton. The first was in October. The most recent was just before Thanksgiving. The Department of Corrections hopes to learn from these deaths.

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Prison DNA Testing
6:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.
Credit thierry ehrmann / Flickr

Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.

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Oregon Prisons
5:39 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Oregon Has Highest Rate Of Prisoners With Post-Prison Supervision

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Ore.
Credit Sam Beebe / Flickr

Fewer prisoners serve their entire prison sentence behind bars in Oregon than in any other state. That's according to a study released Wednesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Oregon also supervises its newly released inmates more than any other state.

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NWPR Books
5:49 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Book News: Author Of Invented Holocaust Memoir Ordered To Return $22.5 Million

Misha Defonseca sits during proceedings at Massachusetts' Middlesex Superior Court in 2008. Defonseca, the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir, has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million to her publisher.
MARY SCHWALM AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NWPR Books
2:16 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Jimmy Santiago Baca, From Prison To Poetry

When Jimmy Santiago Baca was 20, he was convicted of drug charges and sentenced to prison. He was illiterate when he arrived at the Arizona State Prison. When he got out five years later, he was well on his way to becoming one of America's most celebrated poets.

Baca writes about oppression, love and migration, and his poems range from just a few lines to many pages.

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NWPR Books
4:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Book News: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talking To Publishers

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, during an April 2012 news conference.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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McNeil Improper Contract
5:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Why Auditors Say Contract Work by Former McNeil Island Superintendent Was Improper

The state auditor says a former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island negotiated a contract that he benefited from after he resigned.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

The state auditor says a former superintendent at Washington’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island negotiated a contract that he benefited from after he resigned.

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NWPR Books
12:13 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Actor Hill Harper On His Life-Changing 'Letters' From An Inmate

Amy Ta NPR

He's best known for starring in hit TV shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but actor Hill Harper's most significant role may be off the screen.

After writing several advice books, including the best-seller Letters to a Young Brother, Harper began receiving letters from young men in prison. He documents his relationship with one of them in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.

He spoke with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about the prison system and how this friendship changed his life.

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NWPR Books
12:24 am
Tue October 22, 2013

At Guantanamo, 'Sketching' Defendants, Witnesses And KSM's Nose

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wore a camouflage vest to court. He argued that he was a warrior, and his lawyers convinced the judge to agree to let him wear paramilitary clothing to court.
Fantagraphics Books

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 12:45 pm

When the 2006 secretive military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay began, only one courtroom sketch artist was allowed in. Her name is Janet Hamlin.

The Associated Press sent her there. Since then, Hamlin has created a rare visual record of the human drama unfolding in Guantanamo's courtrooms. Those images are now collected in a book, Sketching Guantanamo.

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