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  • Fired Officers Collect Millions

    This investigation examines a 25 year old Wisconsin law that "requires the city of Milwaukee to pay fired police officers until their appeals are exhausted with the Fire and Police Commission." The author found that since 1994, this law has cost Milwaukee taxpayers $2.1 million.
  • Immaculate Deception

    Raymond Burke, named Archbishop of St. Louis in December, 2004, managed to hide the history of sexual misconduct by three priests in his former diocese, La Crosse, Wisconsin. In one case he paid off a victim but refused to refer her case to the diocese's Child Sexual Abuse Review Board. In another case, a victim was offered a meeting with Bishop Burke regarding her alleged abuse only if she would agree to keep the matter private.This story names three priests who were abusers and who had never been publicly identified before.
  • The Bully Project

    WITI-TV caught a seven-year-old student being brutally attacked by other students on a playground as teachers standby. The tape and other reports of bullying at school spurred an investigative story by WITI-TV and eventually led to a public service program that helps hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin children. The Bully Project gives students and parents information about school bullying and offers them tips on how to prevent it.
  • Locked in :The Price of Truth in Sentencing

    This series looks at a state law in Wisonsin that allows hardly any chance for early release of prisoner and how this law has escalated the costs of mainitianing the prisons. The law calls for longer prison terms without parole and longer supervision terms - funds for which comes from the tax payers pockets.
  • Hunting a drug lord

    A tip from an informant gave police the break they needed to find "Genaro Rodriguez, a 30-year-old former San Fernando Valley gang member who they believe transformed himself from a minor drug dealer into the head of a multimillion-dollar cocaine and methamphetamine operation." This operation is alleged to have functioned throughout the United States from Hawaii to Wisconsin.
  • Still Drunk, Still Driving

    Investigations by WITI - TV reveal that there are serious flaws in a system set up to deter repeat drunk drivers in Wisconsin. This investigation exposes how people who have multiple OWI's are able to drive drunk again. As WITI reports the courts and police have not been successful in keeping drunk drivers off the road.
  • Failing the Fire Test

    The series examined Wisconsin's fire code, specifically a statute that requires schools to perform monthly fire drills. We found that only half the schools in the 10 counties surrounding Milwaukee complied with the law. In addition, we found half of the one - thousand schools in the metro - Milwaukee area did not file required forms with the state or local fire department.
  • Broken Promises: 25 years after we unlocked the mentally ill

    The Journal Sentinel tells the stories of five mentally ill Wisconsin residents lost in the state deinstitutinalized mental health care system. Deinstitunilization "was simple in concept: Instead of housing the stark hospital fortress of the era, all but the most dangerous or self-destructive would be released into what advocates hoped would be caring communities across the land." Today, the stories reveal, some of the released walk the streets, and some have been accepted back into society. But -- more or less -- the well-intentioned reforms in the mental health care system from a generation ago have changed their lives.
  • Unequal Justice

    The Journal Sentinel tells the stories of poor defendants in Wisconsin who are denied their constitutional right to counsel, and often plead guilty and serve time despite being innocent. The main findings are that Milwaukee County sets inadequate poverty lines, in discrepancy with federal and state poverty lines, which leave many have-nots without appointed attorneys; judges are reluctant to appoint attorneys at county expense; when lawyers are appointed, defendants are billed by the state.
  • Throwaway Kids: Broken Promises; Curse or Cure? Desperate Children, Haphazard Care; Where New York Lags, Milwaukee Succeeds

    A Journal News investigation into New York's care system for mentally ill children exposes abuse and neglect. Some of the most needy children are sent to residential treatment centers, which "are costly to taxpayers, yet function without adequate standards of oversight and without a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the care." A major finding is that the facilities increasingly use psychotropic drugs to keep the kids under control. Instead of helping children improve their conditions and returning them to their communities -- as a model Wisconsin program has achieved -- the New York system is overhauled.