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  • WEWS-TV: Evading Justice

    The Ohio sex offender registry is supposed to help keep the public safe by providing access to information about convicts who have committed serious sexual offenses. But our extensive six-month-long investigation uncovered a loophole used by prosecutors and judges in one of the largest counties in the state that results in many accused rapists evading the registry. We found oftentimes the justice system allows suspects charged with rape to plead down to lesser and even completely unrelated charges – in a three-year period, there were more than 100 accused rapists who pleaded guilty to abduction, assault and endangering children, which allowed them to avoid registering as sex offenders. We also found many of those same defendants went on to be charged with another sexual offense after they evaded the registry, showing how this practice can put the public at risk.
  • Children in Danger/Foster Care Crisis

    Boston Herald's months-long investigation into the foster care system in Massachusetts, uncovering disturbing cases of abuse swept under the rug, hundreds of convicts living in foster homes and unlicensed social workers — among other findings — in a series that gained widespread attention and became one of the centerpieces of debate ahead of November's gubernatorial election.
  • Digital Attacks from Behind Prison Walls

    This investigative reporting exposed the broad reach and the real effects of violent convicts waging digital attacks from inside prison using smuggled smartphones and social media, prompting a new push for change among state and federal lawmakers. Since no statistics exist to quantify how smuggled cellphones are being used when they make it behind bars, this reporting required extensive research with prison guards, wardens and other workers at lockups statewide.
  • OC Watchdog Blog

    "The series looks at the so-called tough-on-crime mindset that has overtaken California’s criminal justice system." Everyone continues to want the bad guys punished and to keep them off the streets, but this too has consequences. California is struggling with finances, much like everyone else, and finding it difficult to fund public safety initiatives. They should be spending the money on education and social services, which influence the community and create obedient citizens.
  • Subsidized Ex-cons

    "The State of Illinois is paying ex cons to baby-sit in a little known program under the Welfare Reform act."
  • Good Time Credit

    Nevada legislature passed AB510 to reduce prison overcrowding by "granting 'good time credits' to nonviolent, non-sexual offenders." However, what the public wasn't told was that it would apply to all felons on parole.
  • Dumping Ground

    Ex-convicts and former prisoners are sent to live in Pierce County into the work-release programs to help them ease back into society. Pierce County has three of these programs- RAP, Progress, and Lincoln Park houses- to help rehabilitate prisoners. But the programs are adding to the already large number of ex-cons living in Pierce County, and the number is increasing.
  • Locking up the sick

    The Gazette found a direct correlation between cuts in Colorado's public mental health system and increased incarceration of mentally ill people. Prisons and jails are unequipped to treat their mentally ill inmates, who often commit crimes while incarcerated and serve time beyond their original sentences. The Gazette also found high recidivism rates among mentally ill ex-convicts.
  • Murder at the Palladium

    Dateline investigated a 1990 murder at the Palladium nightclub, of which two men were wrongly convicted. Two detectives sought to re-open the case but were turned down by the Manhattan DA. Dateline obtained an interview with a "third shooter" suspect; afterward the two incarcerated men were exonerated and the interviewee was arrested. The New York Times cited the story in an editorial calling for the release of the two innocent convicts.
  • "Fake drugs find their way into Rx supply; consumers can't be sure whether medicines are real, pure or full strength"

    Although the FDA has said fake drugs aren't a large problem across the country, south Florida appears to be the hub for the counterfeiting and distribution that occurs. This investigation found that ex-convicts have obtained licenses to be drug wholesalers, and many of them are buying drugs off patients or off the street, diluting them and reselling for high profits. State regulation hasn't caught up with the problem, and there's no way to know how many patients have received fake drugs.