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When Scott Steffes leaves Michigan’s Parnall Correctional Facility this month he expects to walk into a new life with a new career that will take him upward of 25 feet above ground. The 37-year-old is one of more than a dozen prisoners learning how to climb trees and trim branches around power lines as part of DTE Energy’s $70 million investment to improve the utility’s electric infrastructure. 

The violent prison break that killed 17 people — mostly guards — and resulted in the escape of 30 inmates has revealed a shocking level of self-rule by prisoners inside the troubled prison in the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez.

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Books in brief "A World of Curiosities" by Louise Penny; Minotaur Books (398 pages, $29.99) ——— Heartwarming and heartbreaking. Love found and love lost. Evil and good. Crime and punishment. Family and foes. Have we really been through 18 books in the stellar Armand Gamache series? Canadian author Louise Penny reaches a crescendo with her latest tale from Three Pines, a wondrous hamlet outside ...

A prominent California medical school has apologized for conducting dozens of unethical medical experiments on at least 2,600 incarcerated men in the 1960s and 1970s, including putting pesticides and herbicides on the men's skin and injecting it into their veins.

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A senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency, despite being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s. An investigation found the agency has continued to promote the man despite numerous red flags.

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