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  • Gangs in the Military

    Gang activity in the military is on the rise. This "coincides with the increase in military recruits with a criminal history. Since 2003, in order to meet recruitment goal, 125,000 recruits with criminal backgrounds have been granted waiver for felonies, including robbery and assault, so they can join up."
  • Serious Crimes Go Unpunished

    Persons charged with felonies in Wyandotte County have been released because their trials were not scheduled on time. Seven of the 21 defendants went on to commit other felonies. The Kansas City Star uncovered this story by searching the District Court records electronically.
  • First Offenders, Second Time Around

    A joint investigation by WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reveals that many Georgia criminals were granted first time offender treatment even when their crimes did not warrant it.
  • Detention school in crisis

    "W.J. Maxey is the largest 'training school' for juvenile felons in the state of Michigan, and houses the most dangerous of those. For many years, stories about staff-on-staff, staff-on-youth violence and abuse have been rife. Escapes were a common occurrence. The facility hired felons to work with the youth. But no one has ever been able to document the problems, because of confidentiality laws that protect the Family Independence Agency, the state agency that runs all public juvenile facilities. "
  • The Dangerous Son

    Village Voice tells the story of Mark Barnes, a 30-year-old drifter who killed his mother in Maine a year ago and was apprehended by New York Police this year. Barnes is charged with a number of violent felonies, however, his attorney says that Barnes is not responsible. Rather, his attorney says Barnes' violent outbursts are due to the steroids he took.
  • Felons Take Advantage of Prison's Revolving Door

    The Democrat -Gazette and Porter find that many criminals convicted of felonies are receiving second, third and fourth chances because of crowded prisons and overworked courts.
  • Criminals in the Classroom

    WSB-TV "examined Georgia's Inmate, Probation and Parole database and checked it against the state's education employee database. We found almost 3,000 convicted criminals working in Georgia schools. Our series focused on teachers with felonies. It turns out there is no system in place to check teachers' records once they are employed with the state. If they were hired before 1994, there's no system in place to check them at all...."
  • Uneven Justice

    The Albany Times-Union analyzed arrest data from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services and found disparities in the way different counties handled felons. Many counties reduced a high percentage of felonies to lesser charges.
  • EMTS with DUIS

    WBNS-TV compared a database of all certified EMTs in Ohio to a database containing records on every drunk driving conviction in the state. Eighty-two certified medics in Ohio had obtained three or more drunk driving convictions and a smaller number of medics had serious felonies on their records, including violent crimes.
  • The white-collar gestapo

    McMenamin and Novack examine the increase of offenses that are considered federal crimes. One reason for this increase is that Congress wants good publicity from seeming to do something about problems that concern the voters. The authors give examples of people who have served time for acts they did not know were illegal.