Photo by Illustration by Anita Dufalla / PublicSource. Death in prison is not rare. In Pennsylvania, one in 10 inmates is sentenced to life in prison. Because state law gives them no possibility of parole, nearly all of more than 5,300 inmates serving life terms will eventually die inside prison walls. “They have no choice but to age and die in place,” said Julia Hall, a criminal justice professor and gerontologist at Drexel University. In the Laurel Highlands prison, seven rooms are the final stop for some of the state’s sickest and oldest inmates. With breathing tubes and IVs, the mostly gray-haired inmates wait for their bodies to fail. When their vital signs slip and they struggle for breath, other inmates hold vigil so they won’t die alone.Sometimes death is sudden. Other times, volunteers like Christian, a 32-year-old inmate from Philadelphia, watch as life slowly slips away. “They get...
This is the story of three judges who acted so injudiciously that you're forced to wonder why they were ever given the gavel. Two are male, one is female. Two were appointed, one was elected. Two work in the federal system, one for the state.
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