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  • The False 48: How A&E's The First 48 Makes Millions While Imprisoning Innocents

    This investigation scrutinized one of television’s most-watched reality crime programs, The First 48. It exposed how the show’s conceit of solving a murder within 48 hours forces police to rush through investigations and led to the false imprisonment of at least 15 Miami men and others across the nation. Drawing from dozens of interviews and thousands of pages of court documents and police records, the investigation delivered a damning indictment of a program that profits immensely off high viewership — while exploiting some of the nation’s most disadvantaged populations: poor, urban, African American youths.
  • Kids In Prison

    A Miami Herald investigation on the effects of Florida's tough law addressing juvenile crime shows "a punishment system gone awry." The series examines how, rather than deterring juvenile crime, the state's policies seem to be encouraging it. "Instead of targeting violent criminals, the crackdown is falling hardest on nonviolent offenders - those convicted of burglary, theft and drug charges," the Miami Herald reports. The investigation is based on the analysis of databases of inmates, assaults against youth offenders in Florida's adult prisons, and recidivism records. The data shows that, after being released from prison, most young offenders become hardened criminals.