If we want individuals to form part of society after they've been released from prison, the question on job applications about convictions should be prohibited, some people believe. In certain places, the process of "banning the box" has already begun.
British soldiers are suspected of murdering a number of Iraqi civilians in the wake of the 2003 invasion. But military prosecutors have resisted filing any charges, saying there is no realistic prospect of winning convictions.
Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he'll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It's not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican -- and you really can't make this up -- the Senate doesn't ban convicted felons.
The fraud and racketeering case against former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has come to an end after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final request to appeal his 2006 conviction. With no other move to make, Ryan, who has been incarcerated since late 2007, will likely seek a commutation of his six-year sentence from President Bush.
After suffering three years of isolation, alleged torture and constitutionally suspect detainment, Jose Padilla has been convicted of terrorism conspiracy charges. The government's key piece of evidence was an al-Qaida application, which Padilla was accused of filling out in Arabic, using an alias.