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Inside America's prisons

Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates stand in a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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An inmate sits in the yard of a cellblock which mainly houses prisoners with cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, and dementia, at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, May 2018.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate sits in the yard of a cellblock which mainly houses prisoners with cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, and dementia, at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, May 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate sits in the yard of a cellblock which mainly houses prisoners with cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, and dementia, at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, May 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Inmates serving a jail sentence make a phone call at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix, July  2010.  
  REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Inmates serving a jail sentence make a phone call at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix, July 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Inmates serving a jail sentence make a phone call at Maricopa County's Tent City jail in Phoenix, July 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott
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Cori Walters, 32, (R) hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6, at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California, May 2012.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Cori Walters, 32, (R) hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6, at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California, May 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Cori Walters, 32, (R) hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6, at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California, May 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Robert Galvan, who is on death row for murder, exercises at the Adjustment Center yard during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, December 2015.    


REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Robert Galvan, who is on death row for murder, exercises at the Adjustment Center yard during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, December 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Robert Galvan, who is on death row for murder, exercises at the Adjustment Center yard during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, December 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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A prison guard keeps watch during class at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York, April 8, 2016.  

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A prison guard keeps watch during class at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A prison guard keeps watch during class at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Marvin Caldwell, 63, who said he was imprisoned for 20 years under the three strikes law for possession and sale of methamphetamine, looks out of his cell at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. 


REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Marvin Caldwell, 63, who said he was imprisoned for 20 years under the three strikes law for possession and sale of methamphetamine, looks out of his cell at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Marvin Caldwell, 63, who said he was imprisoned for 20 years under the three strikes law for possession and sale of methamphetamine, looks out of his cell at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. 



REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison  in Chino, California, June 2011. 


REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk around a gymnasium where they are housed due to overcrowding at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Chris Willis, 34, works out in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. 

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Willis, 34, works out in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chris Willis, 34, works out in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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A jail cell is seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York, March  2015.    


REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A jail cell is seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York, March 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A jail cell is seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York, March 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Pastoral Care Services Worker and inmate Kao Saephanh (L) helps inmate Joseph Morrow, 69, who has bladder cancer, take a shower in the hospice at the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville, California, May 2018.          REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Pastoral Care Services Worker and inmate Kao Saephanh (L) helps inmate Joseph Morrow, 69, who has bladder cancer, take a shower in the hospice at the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville, California, May 2018. REUTERS/Lucy...more

Pastoral Care Services Worker and inmate Kao Saephanh (L) helps inmate Joseph Morrow, 69, who has bladder cancer, take a shower in the hospice at the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville, California, May 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates walk in San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Women chat as they lie in beds placed in the communal area outside cells, due to overcrowding at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Women chat as they lie in beds placed in the communal area outside cells, due to overcrowding at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Women chat as they lie in beds placed in the communal area outside cells, due to overcrowding at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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An inmate looks out from his cell in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California, October 2013.    REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

An inmate looks out from his cell in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California, October 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

An inmate looks out from his cell in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California, October 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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Tylan Gregory plays with his daughter Tyla, 5, during a visiting day to Folsom State Prison in California, July 2014. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Tylan Gregory plays with his daughter Tyla, 5, during a visiting day to Folsom State Prison in California, July 2014. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

Tylan Gregory plays with his daughter Tyla, 5, during a visiting day to Folsom State Prison in California, July 2014. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
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Inmates participate in the workshop Commedia Dell'Arte, part of the The Actors' Gang Prison Project program at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California, September 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Inmates participate in the workshop Commedia Dell'Arte, part of the The Actors' Gang Prison Project program at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California, September 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Inmates participate in the workshop Commedia Dell'Arte, part of the The Actors' Gang Prison Project program at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California, September 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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A woman sits in a cell at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California, April 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A woman sits in a cell at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California, April 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A woman sits in a cell at the Los Angeles County Women's jail in Lynwood, California, April 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Inmates receive their High School GED at a graduation ceremony for at the George Motchan Detention Center at New York City's Rikers Island correctional facility, June 2012.    REUTERS/Mike Segar

Inmates receive their High School GED at a graduation ceremony for at the George Motchan Detention Center at New York City's Rikers Island correctional facility, June 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Inmates receive their High School GED at a graduation ceremony for at the George Motchan Detention Center at New York City's Rikers Island correctional facility, June 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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An inmate visits a dentist in the medical facility at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate visits a dentist in the medical facility at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate visits a dentist in the medical facility at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Prisoners work at computers following a graduation ceremony from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in California, April 2015.     REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Prisoners work at computers following a graduation ceremony from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in California, April 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Prisoners work at computers following a graduation ceremony from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in California, April 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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An inmate patient is shown in his cell at the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, California, March 2010. CMF was established to provide a centrally located medical and psychiatric institution for the health care needs of California's male felon population.      
REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

An inmate patient is shown in his cell at the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, California, March 2010. CMF was established to provide a centrally located medical and psychiatric institution for the health care needs of California's...more

An inmate patient is shown in his cell at the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, California, March 2010. CMF was established to provide a centrally located medical and psychiatric institution for the health care needs of California's male felon population. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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Inmates sort laundry at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California, May 2011.      REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates sort laundry at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California, May 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates sort laundry at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California, May 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Inmates exercise at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate waits for a visitor at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California, June 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The entrance to death row is seen at San Quentin state prison in California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The entrance to death row is seen at San Quentin state prison in California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The entrance to death row is seen at San Quentin state prison in California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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An inmate does push-ups in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012.     REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate does push-ups in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An inmate does push-ups in the exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in San Quentin, California, June 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York,  March 2015.     REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York, March 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York, March 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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