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  • Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility Collapse

    After the collapse of the Cowboys' indoor practice facility, reporters investigated the company behind the design to find they have a spotty track record. The Cowboys also took structural advice from an ex-convict who was not qualified.
  • Carnival Safety Investigation

    Inside Edition sent a producer with hidden cameras to work at several traveling carnivals around the country where he uncovered major drug use by some of the carnival ride operators. In addition to capturing "ride jockeys" abusing (and dealing) drugs just minutes before they began operating major thrill rides popular with children and young adults, our producer also observed several serious safety issues inherent in the traveling carnival industry. Among these safety issues were questionable hiring practices, inadequate training policies and dangerous mechanical issues on multiple rides.
  • Subsidized Ex-cons

    "The State of Illinois is paying ex cons to baby-sit in a little known program under the Welfare Reform act."
  • 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.
  • Costly Lesson For New Jersey

    Passaic elementary school bought real estate property from "Richard Doren, a reputed organized crime associate and ex-convict." The deal was proposed and encouraged by a board member who owed Doren money. The plot was next to an adult theater and a cut rate hotel. The state also over paid for the property and paid to relocate the tenants.
  • Tread Secrets: Evidence Disappearing

    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company settled many plaintiffs, hired an ex-con to retrieve evidence of tread failure at fatal crash sites, and were able to make judges seal the records in wrongful death and product liability cases.
  • Shattered Dreams of Early Release

    The investigation uncovered a con- promising early paroles or releases for family members and loved ones serving time in Texas prisons in exchange for money-- between ex-con Robert Andrew Coats and Dallas attorney Jeff Fletcher. The promises were never fulfilled after the money was paid. After its exposure, the con was labelled the "largest illegal parole fraud scheme ever uncovered in Texas."
  • 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.
  • School Felons

    In this investigation of non-teaching school workers in Cleveland, Ohio, it was found that more than a dozen have felony records. Many were child molesters, drug dealers, and elderly abusers. It was also found that criminal background checks were done randomly...less than five hundred random checks a year...which meant over four thousand employees were not checked. As a result to this investigation, a computer program tracking criminal records in over 70 jurisdictions was donated and ex-con workers were fired.
  • Justice Betrayed

    The series examined how a 28-year-old Vidalia, Ga., ex-convict with cocaine in his system ended up dead at the bottom of the city attorney's swimming pool, the flawed police investigation that followed, and the small-town political structure that held no one accountable for the death. The series exposed the shoddy investigation, rampant wiretapping and a drug culture that permeates Middle Georgia. It told the story of a young state police investigator who attempted to get to the bottom of the death, and how she was run out of her job before she could find answers.