Ex-Offenders Face Barriers to College


Ex-convicts who get a college degree are less likely to go back to prison. But many former prisoners encounter a big obstacle in the college application process. That’s because some colleges are worried about the effects of having felons on campus. Not all universities ask about a criminal records, but all 64 institutions in the State University of New York system do.

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After Terrorist Attack Kills 148, Reactions from Nairobi


CHARLOTTE: Gunmen from Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaida affiliate based in Somalia, killed 148 people at a university in Kenya yesterday. That’s the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country.

ARIEL: I spoke with Murithi Mutiga, a freelance journalist for The New York Times who has been covering the attack’s aftermath. We talked over a shaky Skype connection, as he reported outside of a Nairobi hospital.

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A Solitary Fight


On any given day, there are about 4,000 inmates in solitary confinement in New York State. And people can be kept there for years.
The United Nations says any time in solitary beyond 15 days is torture. And the Vera Institute — a justice policy nonprofit — says it’s just inhumane. The institute is launching a new initiative to reduce solitary confinement use in New York City.

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