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Washington Post reporter and former Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Washington Post reporter and former Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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US says $400M to Iran was contingent on release of prisoners

The Obama administration said Thursday that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference for announcing a law enforcement action March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. A grand jury in the Southern District of New York has indicted seven Iranian who were employed by two Iran-based computer companies that performed work on behalf of the Iranian Government, on computer hacking charges related to their involvement in an extensive campaign of over 176 days of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference for announcing a law enforcement action March 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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US to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtains IDs

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is urging the nation's governors to make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, part of a broader plan being announced Monday to help smooth the path for state and federal inmates who are preparing to re-enter society.

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In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, inmates head to classes at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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College behind bars: An old idea with some new energy

College education in American prisons is starting to grow again, more than two decades since federal government dollars were prohibited from being used for college programs behind bars.

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Task force recommends how to cut US prisoner count by 60,000

The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion.

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More than 3,000 Washington prisoners mistakenly freed early

An error by Washington state's Department of Corrections that resulted in wrongly calculated sentences for about 3 percent of the prison population led to the early release of more than 3,000 prisoners in the state since 2002.

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Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

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Report: More NJ Inmates Serve Full Sentences

An increasing number of New Jersey inmates are maxing out their sentences, and are being released without supervision according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Should Prisoners Be Allowed to Vote if They’re Veterans? [POLL]

State Senator Ronald Rice has introduced a bill that would allow prisoners, parolees and probationers to still have part of their civic rights if they are a veteran...

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How Would You Remedy Your Tax Dollars Going to Prisoners? [POLL]

The latest way you can watch your tax dollars fly out of your pocket is with the story by Townsquare Media's own Kevin McArdle, regarding a recent audit of the Office of the State Comptroller.

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