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  • The Final Days of Michael Kerr

    The death of inmate Michael Kerr by dehydration in 2014 ignited a barrage of activity in the state's corrections system and raised questions about prisoner treatment that reached the chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly more than a year later. Hundreds of pages of court documents pieced together the mentally ill veteran’s last hours in solitary confinement at a remote state prison, ignored and dismissed by an overworked corrections staff.
  • Tech Behind Bars

    "Tech Behind Bars" is a deeply reported, multi-media three-part examination of the growing intersection of the corrections system and the technology industry. Part 1, "Inside the prison system’s illicit digital world," explores the growing problem of smartphone smuggling inside federal and state prisons, and reveals dozens of social media profiles of inmates currently serving time in several states, many of whom were using the internet illicitly from their cells. Part 2, "After years behind bars, can prisoners re-enter a digital society?", explores what happens to inmates after they're released from length prison stays, and are forced into a world and a job market that expects them to have familiarity with the tools of the digital age, and profiles Code 7370, a program at San Quentin State Prison that is equipping inmates with computer skills in preparation for their re-entry. Part 3, "Can technology and prisons get along?", is an examination of the growing number of attempts to integrate modern technology into correctional facilities, through the lens of the Napa County Jail, which is giving tablets to its inmates in attempt to keep them up to speed with the digital revolution.
  • Maryland Corrections Reforms Yield Mixed Results

    "This story covers problems with violence in the Maryland corrections system, which saw four inmates and two officers killed in 2006 and three inmates killed in 2007. An analysis of state records showed that despite a pledge by Gov. Martin O'Malley to reform the system and the closing of a notorious prison, violence was still rampant in many prisons. Overall, serious attacks on officers declined in 2007, but the rate of inmate-on-inmate violence was similar to that of 2006, considered one of the worst in Maryland history."
  • Mission Unaccomplished

    The juvenile corrections systems of the state of Ohio and Missouri are compared and contrasted, with the Missouri system serving as an example of what is right, and the Ohio system the opposite. The Ohio system is presented as one which favors punishment, while Missouri's goal is "nurturing" and counseling.
  • 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.
  • Maximum Security

    This investigation examined the California corrections system's efforts to break up prison gangs in its maximum security facilities. Gang leaders were isolated from the general population but still managed to run prison and street gang operations from the inside. The story also explains the federal government's strategy of dispersing gang leaders to prisons across the country.
  • Outdated rural jails are packed, troubled

    Lloyd reports that "small county jails, with antiquated and understaffed facilities, are packing in inmates like never before." Suicide is becoming a leading cause of death in rural county jails. The story focuses mostly on problems in Costilla County, the poorest county in Colorado, as well as counties in Kentucky and Virginia.
  • Who's Driving Your Cab?

    A WOOD-TV investigation reveals that "the city of Grand Rapids licenses taxi drivers who have significant criminal and bad driving records despite claims that public safety is the primary goal." The investigation started when a reporter saw drug dealing between a cab driver and another motorist at a gas station.
  • Crimes of Punishment

    The ongoing series of stories, focuses on the abuse and unjustified shootings of inmates by prison guards, broke ground far beyond previous reporting on the garpantuan corrections system. The series, which also exposed negligence, coverups and shortsighted policymaking, forced the state's top officials to make unprecedented reforms.
  • Locked In

    The National Journal reports that "An explosion in the nation's prison population is creating a fiscal black hole for state and federal governments. And the boom has created a powerful corporate constituency to protect prison budgets"