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  3. A new report finds more than 2,000 people were wrongly convicted of crimes since 1989

    50: Percent who are black 

    10.7: Average time, in years, from conviction to exoneration

    10,000: Combined time, in years, the 891 exonerated prisoners spent behind bars

    1,170: Convicted defendants cleared in 13 “group exonerations” since 1995, following large police-corruption scandals, usually involving planted drugs or guns

    25 years of wrongful convictions, by the numbers

     

  4. Check out Norway’s Halden maximum-security penitentiary, where every prisoner gets a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, fridge, fluffy white towels, and a view of mountainous scenery through large, bar-free windows.

    Prisoners are encouraged to spend almost all day outside of their well-apportioned cells — paid to, actually, about $9 a day. They mingle with college-trained guards and life-coach counselors, eat waffles and other foods delivered on white ceramic dishes, have constant access to fresh-brewed coffee, and can spend their time in couch-outfitted common areas, on the beautiful grounds, at classes or workshops, or even in the prison’s recording studio.

    The cost of maintaining prisoners at Halden costs about $500 per inmate per night. Though the prison’s full impact can’t be measured yet, Norway has only 74.8 people imprisoned per 100,000 residents, versus 236 inmates per 100,000 in the U.S.

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  5. The alleged WikiLeaker turns 23 in solitary confinement today. Here, more from The Daily Beast.