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  • TX Observer: Prison by Any Other Name

    Since the 1990s, Texas has run a controversial, constitutionally dubious “civil commitment” program that keeps hundreds of sex offenders in intensive monitoring and treatment long after they’ve finished their prison sentences. In 2015, after the agency running the program nearly imploded amid mismanagement, Texas lawmakers essentially turned civil commitment over to a scandal-ridden private prison contractor eager to gobble up contracts at the intersection of incarceration and therapy. The result: non-existent treatment, shoddy medical care, and a new taxpayer-funded, privately operated lockup in middle-of-nowhere Texas, where men under civil commitment are now confined indefinitely. Since the facility opened, only five men have been released — four of them to medical facilities where they later died.
  • Flood-related spills ignored by TX officials

    The El Paso Times exposed the fact that even though they had civil-air patrol photos of them, Texas officials have mostly ignored scores of spills of oil and fracking fluid during severe floods in recent years. When they reported on the photos, which were posted on an obscure government website, the Texas Department of Public Safety ended public access to them. After subsequent reporting and editorializing, officials returned them to public view. They obtained and analyzed scores of regulatory reports to rebut regulators' claims that they respond to every spill. The problematic responses to the spills, however, continue.
  • Wedding Video Woes

    The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters expose a wedding videographer who left dozens of newlywed couples in multiple states without their once-in-a-lifetime memories and out tens of thousands of dollars. In our persistent investigation, Jesse Clark literally runs from our cameras and later tackles our news photographer. As a result of our initial story, Clark hands over long overdue wedding videos to a police detective but continues to try to get new business from more couples in CT, NY, RI, MA, CA, FL and TX under new company names. NBC Connecticut continued to pursue the story as he criss-crossed the United States. This story series resulted in MA Attorney General Martha Coakley suing Clark and his associates for damages of more than $75,000, freezing his assets and issuing a restraining order. The complaints against him are also under investigation in Connecticut. Legal experts say this could eventually become an interstate trade case against Clark.
  • "Windowizards' Investigation"

    WTXF-TV revealed that Windowizards, a major window replacement company in the northeast, has been deceiving their customers. Homeowners found themselves paying for energy-saving, foam filled windows, but upon closer inspection, found little or no insulation in the windows. WTXF estimates thousands of customers "may have been affected."
  • Sacrificed to Shale

    A small town, Dish, TX, which is surrounded by gas well compressor stations and wells. Recently, there was an air study done, which revealed several poisons being released by the gas wells well above EPA regulations. Further, these chemicals in the air “were discovered to possibly be responsible for animals and trees dying in the area”.
  • Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil

    A comparison between EPA and TCEQ records shows that the company gave a far lower emissions figure to state officials than the smokestack monitor registered. Until reporters started raising questions nearly a year ago, TCEQ officials said they had no idea of the extent of TXU energy company's emissions.
  • Bullies with Badges

    Johson County, TX has had allegations of prisoner abuse, and the Fort Worth Weekly discovered that the county sheriff admitted to abuse happening in the prisons. It was found that one police force in Johnson County has been arresting about 10 percent of the population annually, leading to the near full prison.
  • Less than minimum

    Reporter Chris Mahon discovered that ORC Industries, Inc., a Brownsville, TX, nonprofit, paid 20 percent of its employees less than minimum wage because they were disabled. That practice is legal, but one employee who was not disabled received less than minimum wage, and another whose disability did not affect work performance was paid under minimum. Both examples violate federal law.
  • Polygamy in Arizona

    These stories are the latest in the investigation Dougherty began in 2002, which uncovered widespread sexual abuse within a religious society that coerces underage girls into polygamous unions with much older men. In these stories, Dougherty discovered that the sect was in the process of relocating to Eldorado, TX. He also found that the community is afflicted by a rare genetic disorder as a result of its history of inbreeding. Finally, the stories discuss the relationship between the state and the community, especially in the state-funded school district which employs a lot of community people.
  • "Cancer Cell"; "Hospital of Horrors"

    This investigation focuses on the health care -- or lack thereof -- provided for female prisoners at the Carswell Federal Medical Center near Fort Worth, TX, the only prison hospital in the country for mentally and chronically ill or dying women who have been convicted of a federal crime. These stories feature two women in their 40s whose cases were the most egregious. They cover the womens' lives and medical histories in and out of prison, the trail of contradictory documents and misleading statements released by the prison, and the families' struggles to save the womens' lives and find out the truth about the medical care system at Carswell.