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  • Detroit Drug Houses: Out of Control

    "The News used computer databases of three years' worth of Detroit crime records to isolate the location (street address) and dates of felony narcotics arrests. The paper identified more than 300 properties that had been the scene of three or more felony arrests during the three-year span. The paper then examined each of the properties to determine: whether drugs still were sold there; who owned the property; what steps police had taken to stem the flow of drugs there; and what role, if any, did Detroit city agencies play in the acquisition, demolition or management of the properties...."
  • Turnpike arrests: 73% minority

    The Newark, NJ Star-Ledger reports that amid mounting evidence that some state troopers target minority drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Attorney General's Office released new statistics showing, for a second time, that three of four drivers arrested on the highway are minorities. Critics of the State Police have seized on the figures, saying they bolstered the arguments that troopers stop drivers on the Turnpike because of their skin color. The practice, known as racial profiling, has become a focal point of at least four investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the state Attorney General's Office and the State Police itself.
  • Collars for dollars

    Cops call it "Collars for Dollars." It's how they turn arrests on the streets into money in their pockets. Until now, it has been a courthouse secret. It works like this: Police list each other as witnesses in drunk driving and misdemeanor cases even if they did little or no police work. Then they all get to got to court, where they make overtime they don't deserve.
  • Dangerous Waters

    As boat traffic has increased in the State of Missouri, so have accidents, arrests, injuries and deaths. Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for boaters, according to an analysis of U.S. Coast Guard data. The agency tracks serious accidents, those involving injury or death, or damage exceeding $500.
  • Heroin High

    Newsweek reports that it wasn't just "bad kids." Cheerleaders, football players and preppies in Plano, Texas, were using heroin - and dying. An inside look at a three-year drug war. In the last three years, the affluent town of Plano has buried 19 young people because of heroin. When leaders of this manicured Dallas suburb realized in 1997 that Plano was in the middle of an epidemic and that not even the "good' kids were safe, they also attacked the problem haed on. Elaborate undercover drug stings had led to dozens of arrests. But some kids there are still using heroin.
  • Navajo Ethics Investigator

    Investigator for the Navajo Nation Ethics and Rules Office was found to have a background of DWI arrests and had served prison time for molesting his teenage daughter.
  • Deadly Deals: A Sting out of Control

    A story about a DEA informant with a long rap sheet who was released from jail early, got drunk, then killed a single mother. This DEA informant was a career criminal with a record of 67 arrests. He should still be in jail but officials used him to set up drug stings.
  • Hell on Wheels

    A year-long look at the daily mayhem of Philadelphia streets and highways. The stories contain interviews and extensive electronic data on automobile accidents, traffic tickets and drunken driving arrests. The stories identified a significant increase in traffic deaths over the past decade and documented many reasons for it. The stories point to police cutbacks and lax enforcement has led to driver irresponsibility.
  • Roll Call at the Jail

    A study of local jail bookings from 1988 through April 1997 quantified suspected racial inequities and trends in incarceration: One in 12 resident black men were found to be jailed annually, with blacks having far higher rates of arrests, incarceration and length of stay.
  • Trouble on 12th

    For the past two years, 12th Avenue, across from the Ohio State University, has been the scene of numerous riots. Autumn 1996 started no differently with drunken students versus police, with fires, violence and arrests. Long investigates the origins of the problem.