Broward jail officials failed to protect some inmates endangered by mental illnesses

A Sun Sentinel investigation, “Death on their Watch,” found that Armor Correctional Health Services of Miami, the private company paid to handle health care in Broward County, Florida jails, has failed to protect some inmates endangered by their mental illnesses ­– with deadly consequences. Some inmates withered away in cells, hanged themselves or died after…

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Officials release North Carolina man from solitary confinement after more than 13 years

In August, the Charlotte Observer wrote about the plight of Jason Swain, a 41-year-old mentally ill North Carolina inmate who spent more than 13 years in solitary confinement at Central Prison in Raleigh for aiding and abetting murder. Those in solitary confinement usually spend 22-24 hours a day in their cells. When prisoners are allowed…

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Agencies across the country often lose track of probation and parole violators

More than 4 million people in the United States are out on parole, probation or a similar program. But an analysis by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that agencies across the country do a poor job tracking people who violate their supervision requirements – often resulting in deadly consequences. The Post-Gazette reviewed records on warrants issued…

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Private prisoner transportation companies operate with almost no oversight

Every year, tens of thousands of fugitives and suspects – many of whom have not been convicted of a crime – are entrusted to a handful of small, private companies that specialize in state and local extraditions. Twenty-six states and countless local law enforcement agencies use private extradition companies to fetch people who are taken…

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In Missouri, senior citizens who kill often get away with murder

At a certain age, can you get away with murder? That’s the question at the heart of an investigation published in the Riverfront Times, a weekly paper in St. Louis, Missouri. Reporter Shawn Shinneman looked at Missouri homicides involving offenders over the age of 75 and found that, of the 30 that met that criteria…

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A look inside the shady industry that profits on mugshot photos

A team of journalists at Fusion’s The Naked Truth found that people have long taken an interest in looking at mugshots, but that the gawking has taken a more commercialized, troubling turn since the late 1800s. That fascination then morphed into printed magazines of mugshots, usually only with a citywide or regional reach. Now, however,…

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Wayward prosecutors go unpunished as prison time for victims piles up

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting analyzed more than 1,000 cases involving allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and found that, since 1974, no prosecutor in Massachusetts has been disbarred for such actions.   NECIR also found that since 1985 the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have reversed 120 criminal convictions in part or entirely…

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Inadequate care can lead to death in privatized prisons

Currently, in the United States, there are 11 Bureau of Prisons facilities that are used for noncitizens. These facilities are operated by private corporations and many get medical care through subcontractors, according to a report by Reveal. Recently, the bureau released 9,000 pages of files due to a pubic records request. The files contained medical…

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NYPD can kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime

The use of a nuisance abatement law established in the 1970s has expanded drastically in recent decades, forcing many New York City residents from their homes without warning. The law was intended to give officials the authority to shutter places it believes are being used for illegal activity. The New York Daily News, in partnership…

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Do all 390 inmates on Florida’s death row belong there?

Florida’s death row is the second largest in the nation, but the state for the last several years has not maintained a list of death penalty verdicts or outcomes. The Villages Daily Sun pieced together that information on all 390 capital cases, building a database from digital and physical case files. The 18-month investigation shows…

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