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Coming To Terms With A Life Sentence, And Electronic Needs

Ross Reynolds
04/16/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Prison — Coming To Terms With A Life Sentence: During Washington's recent legislative session, lawmakers briefly considered a bill to bring back parole for prisoners. The measure failed to move out of committee. But supporters already plan to try again next year. The sentence of "life without the possibility of parole" is steadily on the rise in US prisons. Here in Washington, nearly 600 prisoners are currently serving "life without." Most of them will grow old and die behind bars. In this collaboration with The Seattle Times, we take a look at how some "lifers" come to grips with this reality, KUOW's Liz Jones has our story from Monroe prison.

Sociologists Join Research Team Looking At Electronic Needs: Washington State University announced the creation of a new research center. It will look for ways to bring the country's aging electricity system in line with 21st century power needs. Besides experts in energy and computer science, the assembled team of researchers includes sociologists and psychologists. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

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