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'I was trained for prison'

Daniel Tapia, left, and Troy Delome found an escape from repeat offenses at The First 72+. Tapia says he was "trained for prison" from an early age, influenced by men who were in his life when he was a child.

Duration: 00:03:38

A reporter goes home and finds misery, hope and resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands

A look at the Virgin Islands and its recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the eyes of USA TODAY's Fredreka Schouten, a native of the United States Virgin Islands.

Duration: 00:18:42

Moscow-based Pussy Riot artist emphasizes global activism

Nadya Tolokonnikova is an artist and activist who protest what they see as Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly repressive rule. Produced by USA TODAY World Reporter Kim Hjelmgaard.

Duration: 00:32:50

Incarcerated mother chooses to get high to escape pain of losing time with son

Asia says she was "lit" at her own court proceedings because she "knew she was going in to lose." She describes what it's like to be in prison, and what it's like to face losing time spent with her young son.

Duration: 00:02:53

Derrick Perique left prison and started a new life. He's passing on the lessons.

The last thing you might expect is for an ex-inmate from a maximum security prison to become an optician. But Derrick Perique, who has been incarcerated five times, found a way to defy the odds. Hear how he made it, and how the New Orleans non-profit First 72 Plus helped him do it.

Duration: 00:11:51

The state took Nekia Brown's son. Getting him back is her only focus.

Nekia Brown has been in and out of the criminal justice system for nearly half her life. At ReMerge, a prison diversion program, she's making progress, but is it enough?

Duration: 00:20:32

Scanner: NYPD responds to Halloween terror attack

A "radicalized" suspect who killed eight people Tuesday by driving his rented truck into a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan. Twelve others were injured in the attack that left bodies and smashed bicycles strewn along the Hudson River Greenway bike path. (Photo: Craig Ruttle, AP)

Duration: 00:03:24

Michael Che, Colin Jost, Samantha Bee slam Weinstein in Best of Late Night

What should happen to former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein? The comics have a few answers. Listen to our favorite jokes, then vote for yours at (Photo: Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic)

Duration: 00:02:50

Why do women keep getting pulled back into the prison system?

Oklahoma inmate Candace Harp-Harlow has spent nearly her entire life incarcerated. USA TODAY's Policing the USA freelancer Lottie Joiner takes a look at the 29-year-old's prison experiences and the Oklahoma system to find out what she and other women need to break free. For more on Policing the USA's Re-entry project, visit

Duration: 00:29:02

What's life like in one of Baltimore's most raided communities?

We went to Baltimore's 21215 community to find out what life is like in the Zip code that was one of the most raided by police in 2013-2014, the most recent years with statistics. What changes does the community want to see from police? What do they think police are doing OK? Here are their stories of tragedy and pain; unity and the push for progress.

Duration: 00:18:05

Countdown to the Eclipse Vol. 2

USA TODAY science reporter Doyle Rice talks with Charlene Washington about how weather conditions are shaping up for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 and why those eclipse glasses are not just a marketing scheme.

Duration: 00:07:41

Countdown to the total solar eclipse

Doyle Rice and Charlene Washington talk about the first ever, USA-only total solar eclipse on August 21, the best locations for viewing and what exactly you'll see.

Duration: 00:05:38

Ex-inmate Casey Irwin on her transition from prison

Casey Irwin was locked up three times for theft, bank fraud and selling drugs. She felt that she didn't learn much that helped her improve her life in the outside world until her last stint in the system.

Duration: 00:01:44

Dwayne Johnson on childhood run-ins with the law

Dwayne Johnson had several run-ins with the law as a child, though he was never sentence to juvenile detention. He talks about his father's limited involvement and what saved him. (Photo: AP)

Duration: 00:01:32

Jesse Wiese, a former inmate, on the effects of prison and start over

Jesse Wiese had a job when he was released from prison in 2006. He slung manure for about eight months before become the re-entry manager for Prison Fellowship. He managed 75 men coming out of the Iowa prison system.

Duration: 00:01:30

Thomas Anthony Jones; Decatur, Ga.

Thomas Anthony Jones, a black professional who works in Decatur, says the cops don't admit when they are wrong, and that doing so would go a long way toward establishing better relations.

Duration: 00:01:14

The history of Inauguration Day weather

Friday's inaugural forecast calls rain during the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Temperature-wise, though, the weather will be downright balmy compared to Barack Obama's first inauguration ceremony or Ronald Reagan's second — and definitely better than it was for No. 9, William Henry Harrison. He died of pneumonia a month after standing outside in the cold and rain with no hat or coat in 1841. USA TODAY's Charlene Washington and Doyle Rice talk...

Duration: 00:11:29

David Rimer; Indianapolis

David Rimer, a 59-year-old white male, carries a weapon and has been pulled over by police. He's been ticketed and his weapon has been confiscated. Listen to what he says is fair interaction during traffic stops. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)

Duration: 00:01:10

Send in the clowns

American clown and social activist "Patch Adams" tells USA TODAY's Kim Hjelmgaard in St Petersburg why he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin may hold the key to good relations between Moscow and Washington.

Duration: 00:05:34

James Kudacka; Scandia,Kan.

James Kudacka from Scandia, Kan. comments on people not respecting the national anthem.

Duration: 00:00:09

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