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Stories of African-American Prisoners

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Prison State - The Cycle of Incarceration in America
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The Last Graduation - The Rise and Fall of College Programs in Prison
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Broken on All Sides - Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice
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Sentenced Home - The Deportation of Cambodian Americans
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On a Friday night after a long week at work, Calvin Davis joined his family in Southwest Washington, DC for an informal gathering. Still wearing scrubs from his job at Children's National Medical Center, Calvin caught up with an old friend while his two boys rode bikes around the block.…
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