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  • Collision Course

    The Times explores a broken legal system in Louisiana that allows DWI offenders to get off on minimal charges which ultimately resulted in the death of 15-year-old Adam Klingensmith at the wheel of a repeat DWI offender.
  • Buy and Bust: New York City's War on Drugs at 40

    In this collection, it explores the four major drugs that have affected New York City. These are heroin, cocaine, crack, and marijuana, which tell part of the story of the past four decades. They “traced each drug’s introduction into the city, their era of popularity, key players, law enforcement efforts, prosecution, treatment efforts, current use levels, and prices, etc.” Also, they found that there are as many hard-core users today as there were over the past 40 years.
  • Missing Crime

    This investigation found that Houston police often don't label crimes as crimes. This means that many crimes never end with a criminal investigation. Not only does this practice mean victims often don't receive any closure, but also that Houston has fewer crime statistics to report to the national government. These low numbers are misleading and make Houston look much safer than it really is.
  • Too Tough? Tactics in Suburban Policing

    Some police departments in the Philadelphia area have been recording some of the highest arrest rates in American for minor offenses. These towns are mostly white, and the high number of arrests are made up overwhelmingly of African Americans. Legal experts say some of the arrests are unconstitutional. Furthermore, the towns with the highest arrest rates have actually seen crime go up, not down.
  • The Downfall of Judge Randy Michel

    When Brazos County Juvenile Board member Judge Randy Michel appointed attorney Patricia Bonilla Harrison over six other candidates to be a part-time juvenile judge, rumors began to swirl that Harrison was unfit for the position. The Eagle investigated, substantiating the rumors that Harrison was not only underqualified, but also had a "history of alcohol-related arrests." As the process of making open records requests went on, Harrison turned down the post amid rumors that she was having an affair with one of the judges, and the District Attorney's office began its own investigation of the situation. Eventually, Michel "was expelled from his bench" and the state's open records law was strengthened.
  • Use of Force

    After finding that a young police The Chronicle established a computer database to keep records of use of force by individual police officers, and found "about 100 officers were responsible for a quarter of the force reported by officers in the 2,100-member department in a nine-year period." Another statistic was that African Americans "bore a disproportionate amount of force and arrests despite the fact they made up less than 8 percent of the city's population." The city had to pay more than $5 million in damages in force-related cases over those nine years, yet it seldom disciplined the officers responsible. Also, "police-involved shootings were investigated in an incomplete fashion."
  • Arrested Education

    Dougherty County School System experienced a rise of violent crimes on both their high and middle school campuses between 2000 and 2004. But due to poor record keeping, school officials didn't know how bad the situation was. In 2004 there were 5.5 violent incidents resulting in at least one arrest, for every 1,000 students, compared to neighboring Lee County, where the rate was only .56 violent incidents resulting in arrest, for every 1,000 students.
  • Crackpot Crackdown

    Police and the DA in Jackson County, Texas, ran a series of drug busts for minor infractions. All of the suspects were African-Americans and were intimidated into pleading guilty rather than face much harsher sentences. The entire sting operation was based on the testimony of a single confidential police informant. Civil rights lawyers are now involved in trying to remedy some of the most flagrant miscarriages of justice.
  • Sex Appealed: Was the U.S. Supreme Court Fooled?

    The author proposes that the U.S. Supreme Court was fooled into basing it's decision in Lawrence v. Texas on Right to Privacy grounds. But, Law says, those grounds actually did not exist because the arrests were invited. This discrepancy is important, because the Lawrence case set a precedent for privacy cases regarding same sex marriage, adoption, employee benefits, etc.
  • Suffering in Silence

    Gibby's three-part series chronicles the strides the Columbia Police Department is making with its Domestic Violence Enforcement unit. However, despite growing documentation of abuse and more arrests, she shows that the problem of intimate partner abuse isn't going away.