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  • Pregnant Detainees in Immigration Detention

    Women caught up in America’s immigration detention complex are some of the most vulnerable in the world. As policy, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that pregnant women should be put on house arrest while fighting their deportation cases, rather than detained in prison-like facilities. After they told us repeatedly that they “don’t detain pregnant women” we found quite the contrary. Through serialized reporting, Fusion uncovered that nearly 600 pregnant detainees were held in detention centers in the last two years. Women that we spoke with said they were severely underfed and denied basic prenatal treatment. As the reporter and producer on the project, I, Cristina Costantini, uncovered that the agency even initially lied about a miscarriage that occurred in one detention center.
  • House Arrest: A Daring Escape From China

    CBS News Beijing-based correspondent Holly Williams was in direct touch with blind, outspoken human rights activist Chen Guangcheng after he made a daring escape from house arrest in his rural village and as he anxiously awaited escape in Beijing.
  • RGJ Special Report: DUI in Nevada

    The reporter found that licenses were being granted too soon to DUI offenders whose accidents had caused death or substantial bodily harm. Offenders were not serving their full two years behind bars and instead were allowed to get out on a house arrest program.
  • Young and In Trouble: Different Paths for Punishment (part 1) and The Challenge of Rehabilitation (part 2)

    This investigation exposed "a huge racial imbalance between the number of white and black youths sent to adult prison in the Bay area, statewide and nationally." The review focused on teens ages 13-17 sentenced to adult prison. Most of the youths sent to adult prison were black; white juvenile delinquents were more likely to be sentenced to house arrest or be put on probation. These articles look at possible hidden causes for the disparity, like the fact that police spend more time in black neighborhoods so are more likely to catch black criminals than white ones. The article also explores the idea that the records don't reflect racism; rather, the situation shows how poor delinquents are more likely to end up in adult prison. The article discusses how being in adult prison affects kids differently than being in a youth-oriented rehabilitation program.
  • Coup d'etat 1955

    During World War II, General Sun Li-Jen was a general for China. He never lost a battle. He was awarded four Legion of Merit awards by the United States, and he received the Commander of the British Empire medal from King George VI. In 1955, however, Li-Jen was forced to resign, taking blame for his subordinate's spy case. After the resignation, he was under house arrest for 33 years. In the year 200, however, Taiwan's opposition party won the presidential election for the first time and the case was re-examined by the new government. This documentary investigates the case and the US' involvement in the events.
  • House Arrest: A Public Threat

    The house arrest program run by Florida's Department of Corrections is failing. At least 234 people have been killed and 538 people sexually abused by offenders under house arrest. Hundreds of violent offenders who should be banned from the house arrest program are under house arrest anyways.
  • House Arrest

    WFLA investigates house arrest. In Florida, criminals with more then one violent conviction are not eligible for house arrest. But in one year 58 criminals with two or more violent convictions were sent back into neighborhoods instead of to jail. One man who had 10 violent convictions was put under house arrest and went back to live with his 15-year-old "room mate" whom he was sentenced for abusing.
  • Home Free

    The ABC 7 I-Team found that "every day in U.S. criminal courts, defendants are sentenced to home confinement. The public presumes that the criminals are actually following the court order by staying at home. But our investigation found that even the U.S. Probation Department, which administers home confinement, believes the system is ripe for abuse."
  • Prisoners in Their Own Homes

    WFLA-TV reports "the failure of Florida's justice system to safely screen, monitor and control criminals under house arrest. We profiled specific criminals as examples of the problem and caught them violating their house arrest restrictions... we identified and mapped the locations of hundreds of house-arrest criminals and documented the number of felons who commit new crimes while under house arrest. .... We revealed the inability of overworked case managers to adequately supervise 25 or more criminals and demonstrated how some felons ran rampant under the noses of their probation officers. We also uncovered a Department of Corrections policy that deliberately keeps neighbors uninformed about potentially dangerous criminals in their vicinity....."
  • When Hard Time is Easy Time

    The story investigated the house arrest program in Alberta, Canada. The program is supposed to be for low risk offenders, but the reporters found that violent and repeat offenders were in the program with little supervision.