The False 48: How A&E's The First 48 Makes Millions While Imprisoning Innocents

Number 26689
Subject TV Investigations
Source Miami New Times
State
Year 2014
Publication Date January 16, 2014
Summary This investigation scrutinized one of television’s most-watched reality crime programs, The First 48. It exposed how the show’s conceit of solving a murder within 48 hours forces police to rush through investigations and led to the false imprisonment of at least 15 Miami men and others across the nation. Drawing from dozens of interviews and thousands of pages of court documents and police records, the investigation delivered a damning indictment of a program that profits immensely off high viewership — while exploiting some of the nation’s most disadvantaged populations: poor, urban, African American youths.
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Keywords television; crime shows; police; indictment
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