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  • Social Innovation Fund

    The stories investigate the Social Innovation Fund, a program created by President Obama.
  • A sweetheart deal

    WFTS reports that Steve LaBrake, Tampa's mayor right hand, has been abusing power for years. The series reveals that LaBrake, the city's Director of Business, Community Services and Housing, has awarded low income housing contractor Dean Ryan millions in city contracts in exchange for an underpriced luxury house. LaBrake also awarded millions to Tampa Hillsborough Housing Authority, a nonprofit agency, which paid back with favors and kickbacks. The stories describe how the housing director and his mistress - who was promoted to an executive position without having the required education and work experience - maintained a lifestyle they could not afford.
  • Haysville School Superintendent

    A KWCH-TV investigation reveals that a local superintendent embezzled thousands of dollars, paying for personal expenses with the school district credit card. While teachers suffered on a tight budget, Dr. Lynn Stevens spent taxpayers' money on expensive dinners, electronics, clothes and perfumes. This went on for years until a high-school student, running for the school board, looked into his spending and tipped the TV station about the embezzlement. Stevens pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service and restitution payments.
  • Making Criminals Pay

    The Washington Monthly examines the effectiveness of The Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) administered in New Jersey. The program allows offenders to serve their jail time on weekends, while keeping their jobs and maintain their families. At times when nationwide millions of convicted criminals are ignoring their punishment, SLAP enhances collection of fines from offenders, decreases the recidivism rate, and saves jail costs to the state, the story reveals. Some participants, however, have complained that it makes good use of "public shaming," and have felt embarrassed to work on county projects dressed in conspicuous orange jerseys.
  • Badgers shoe discounts may violate NCAA rules

    "The University of Wisconsin suspended 26 football players -- nearly a quarter of the nation's fourth-ranked team -- for one to three games on Thursday for accepting hundreds of dollars in unadvertised show discounts in violation of NCAA rules." Other athletes, including swimmers, rowers,soccer players, hockey players, runners golfers, and basketball players, rode the pine, too, and were order to pay back the discount difference to a charity. NCAA bylaws, Rule 16.01.2 states "Exception for Benefits Available to Other Students: The receipt of a benefit by a student athlete of his or her relatives or friends that is not authorized by NCAA legislation is not a violation if it is demonstrated that same benefit generally is available to the institutions students of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #3

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #3 is the third in a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Larry Posner (Inside Edition) Pro-wrestling content. 2.) Patrick Comer (WINK-West Palm Beach) Gypsy Family/ Barely Buried 3.) Chip Wallace (Freelance) Phony Police Charities 4.) Randy Travis (WAGA-Atlanta) Community service payoffs 5.) Wes Williams (KPNX-Phoenix) Security guards with criminal records 6.) Allen May (WTMJ-Milwaukee) Unlicensed car dealers 7.) Chris Heinbaugh (KOMO-Seattle) Foreign child prostitutes 8.) Paul Adrian (WTNH - Hartford) Private ambulance company errors (American Medical Response) 9.) Brian Collister (Texas Network) The sale of fake doctor prescriptions for a hot tub discount
  • Sentences for Sale

    WAGA-TV uncovered corruption and abuse inside a suburban Atlanta community service program. Criminals, such as drunk drivers and shoplifters, sentenced to work in the community did little work. In some cases, supervisors solicited payoffs in exchange for clocking in criminals who never showed up for work.
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    The Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department is a ninety million dollar a year criminal justice bureaucracy, one of the largest probation departments in the country. A wide ranging investigation exposed lax supervision, non-existent drug and alcohol counseling at a multi-million dollar county facility, suspicious real estate deals, financial mismanagement, secret contracts with politicians. KTRK also documented the use of probationers as personal servants for employees of non-profit agencies who get to use convicted criminals for community service work. (May 15 - 19, 22 - 24, June 6, 7, 14, 20, 22, July 14, 17, 23 - 27, 31, Aug. 16 - 18, 28, 30, Sept. 1, 4, 7, 8 & Nov. 1, 1995)
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    Community service has become a popular way for drunk drivers and other criminals to pay their debt to society without tying up precious jail space. An investigation by WAGA-TV uncovered one major metro Atlanta suburb repeatedly letting criminals get away with doing as little work as possible. (July 24 - 26, Aug. 1 & Dec. 12, 1995)
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    Howard County (Md.) Sun exposes lenient sentences given to drunk drivers by county judges; eight judges routinely let repeat offenders off the hook with no jail time, fines or community service, Oct. 14, 1990.