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    CBS News finds that the University of Nebraska is home to a number of athletes who have been in trouble with the law, who have committed felonies, who have injured and assaulted people off the field, yet these players continue to compete. They continue to enjoy high profile, high visibility status on campus. The investigation uncovers that the Cornhuskers' athletic department appears to routinely insinuate itself into the law enforcement process when one of its players gets in trouble. (Nov. 30, 1995)
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    The Clarion Ledger surveyed its readers and found out that 95 percent of them thought crime was a critical problem. Based on that information that paper then met with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, community crime prevention agencies and victims. The victims summit resulted in suggested actions for the 1995 Legislature. Lawmakers approved bills that concerned four of the newspapers seven recommendations. (Jan. 8, 1995)
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    Playboy story documents the rise of crime in New Orleans and the often corrupt police department attempting to control it. Over the past two years, four cops have been charged with murder. Since 1992, more than 30 police officers have been charged with felonies. (February 1996)
  • Funnel of Justice

    A Los Angeles Times computer-assisted investigation found that "although state law says a felony is punishable by a term in state prison, only one of 10 adult felony arrestees whose cases are submitted to Orange County prosecutors actually end up there." It also found that Orange County police and prosecutors ranked among the poorest in the state for securing felony convictions.
  • Emergency Medical Drivers Get a Free Ride

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzed driver's licence records, criminal records and ambulance personnel records in the state of Missouri and found that the State failed to perform criminal and background checks on applicants for paramedical and emergency medical techninician positions. The computer-assisted investigation found that many people convicted of felonies and alcohol-related offenses continue to hold their medical service licences. As a result of the story, Missouri Governor, Mel Carnahan ordered an investigation into the licensing practices of the State Health Department's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Nov. 20, 22; Dec. 11, 27, 29, 1994.
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    News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) reveals that the often-touted 'three-strikes and you're out' sentencing proposals, which mandate life sentences for anyone convicted of three violent felonies, would actually only have applied to 91 of the criminals involved in North Carolina's judicial system over a 20 year period; finds that calls for the plan are basically political in nature and without an understanding of how the system works, Feb. 24, 1994.
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    Rocky Mountain News (Denver) tracks 196 persons arrested for felonies through the system; only four were convicted of the crimes for which they were arrested, only five trials were held and almost half were released without being charged, Oct. 11-25, 1987.