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  • Only in Kentucky: Jailers Without Jails

    Reporters R.G. Dunlop and Jacob Ryan revealed that more than a third of the state's 120 counties elect jailers that have no jails to oversee. Several earn hefty paychecks for little work, putting their cash-strapped counties in a pickle, and hire their own spouses or children as deputies. Only in Kentucky does this curious practice exist. https://soundcloud.com/wfplnews/only-in-kentucky-jailers-without-jails
  • Pennsylvania police fail to fingerprint thousands of suspected criminals

    In violation of state law, police in Pennsylvania fail to fingerprint thousands of suspected criminals within 48 hours of arrest. Instead, they routinely rely on judges and jailers – and often the offenders themselves – to capture the prints they’ve missed. For 2013, 30,000 fingerprints were not recorded, according to state data. If a fingerprint is not made, a defendant will not have a complete criminal history at the state and national level. This means background checks will fail to raise warnings for dangerous offenders. We analyzed raw data from the state to find the areas with the worst compliance and contacted those with the best compliance to examine possible solutions.
  • Tough Justice

    "The stories examined the origins and consequences of the Bush administration's policies for the military detention and prosecution of terrorist suspects since 9/11. In part, they sought to investigate the abuse of prisoners by their American jailers, both in the United states and abroad. What was unique about coverage of The Times, however, was that it manages to penetrate the government's extraordinary secrecy about the subject to both reconstruct the creation of this new military justice system and assess the intelligence effort that was its bedrock rationale."
  • Cherokee Jail Death

    A series of stories about the death of Christopher Lee Wood, a 26-year-old diabetic who died while he was an inmate in the Cherokee County, North Carolina jail. He died "hours after his parents pleaded with 911 dispatchers and jailers to give their son life-saving insulin." The county's chief jailer refused outside efforts to save Wood and she was later fired and charged with manslaughter. The series found jailers did not provide medical treatment to Wood as they are required to do by state law.