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The United States Penitentiary in Atlanta is a sprawling complex not far from Zoo Atlanta and the downtown area. It is mainly a facility for medium to minimum security federal inmates and neighbors in the area during the mid-1980s told tales of prisoners easily buying liquor and cigarettes in the community and returning to the prison…

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer famously convicted for murder and spent 19 years in prison before the charges were dismissed, has died at age 76. According to numerous reports, Carter died of prostate cancer early this morning at his home in Toronto. Carter founded the nonprofit organization Innocence International in Toronto to assist inmates who are possibly wrongly convicted.

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Convicted killers serving life sentences were mistakenly released from prison, the Franklin Correctional Institution in the Florida Panhandle. Joseph Jenkins, who was released on Sept. 27, and Charles Walker, who was freed Oct. 8., had forged paperwork. Guards put one man on the bus and another in the car with family and sent them on…

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Prisoners Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo This taut crime thriller stars a slew of A-list talent that would set off most filmmakers’ Pavlovian reflex. Keller and Grace Dover (Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello) and Franklin and Nancy Birch (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis) are close friends and parents whose…

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