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  • Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

    This four part series deals with the delays of the criminal justice system in some Kentucky counties. Reporters found more than 650 cases in Franklin county alone that had to be dismissed because of lack of prosecution. The problem, according to the story, was a continual backlogging of cases, as well as a general mismanagement of the system as a whole. In a few cases, prosecutors and judges debated as to whose responsibility it was to track the number of pending cases.
  • Kentucky Racing Commission; Racing panels facing inquiry; Racing panel's gifts stir concern

    Reporters from the Lexington Herald Leader spent three months investigating and writing about corruption in the Kentucky Racing Commission and its Backside Improvement Commission. They found that the Kentucky Racing Commission gave hundreds of people (with political connections) all-access passes to the Kentucky Derby. The investigation also uncovered a "special account" held by the commission, and found that the commission chairman hired many personal and political acquaintances, including his ex-girlfriend and daughter-in-law, and the governor's step-daughter.
  • Prescription for Pain

    The stories demonstrated that Eastern Kentucky led the nation in the distribution of prescription narcotics-much of it illegal. Reporters found a series of unlikely accomplices to the illegal trafficing including the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Local cops were corrupt or compromised and a $30 million federal enforcement effort was rendered ineffective by a lack of cooperation among the police agencies involved. The reports found an elected judge who admitted that he'd had private business dealings with rug dealers and was unilaterally lowering drug offenders' sentences set by plea bargains. The reporters also found that effecive drug treatment was hard to find in rural areas of Kentucky. The newspaper also produced an examination of how OxyContin was marketed through "detailing," the practice of sending sales men directly into doctor's offices. The reporting also took readers inside one local drug ring. Finally, the newspaper examined how public Medicaid payments were providing some rural Kentucy drug dealsers with millions of silent partners-U.S. taxpayers- who were helping to ensure their supply.
  • "Winning Without Food and Cigars"

    Using the face of Judy Taylor, a longtime Kentucky lobbyist, Swope describes the new world order under a strict statehouse lobbying law. The "no-cup-of-coffee" restriction barring gifts from lobbyists to legislators changed the Capitol climate, but Taylor says it's "more professional." Lobbyists must use new techniques, including getting into lawmakers' districts, to reach them in the new era devoid of lavish receptions.
  • Kentucky's longest serving inmate

    The Courier-Journal reports that "Kentucky's longest serving inmate -- the nation's sixth longest prisoner -- is a mentally retarded and mentally ill man who has spent 50 years behind bars and whom experts say never should have been prosecuted because he was incompetent for trial and insane at the time of the crime."
  • The Killing of Alydar

    Texas Monthly examines the connection between the death of a racehorse and the failure of one of Houston's biggest banks.
  • Prescription for Pain

    "Nobody knew how bad Eastern Kentucky's prescription drug problem was." After an eight-month investigation, the Lexington Herald-Leader series "Prescription for Pain," revealed that the region was "the painkiller capital of the United States. And nobody--not the doctors, the cops, the court system or society--was doing anything to stop the abuse."
  • Outdated rural jails are packed, troubled

    Lloyd reports that "small county jails, with antiquated and understaffed facilities, are packing in inmates like never before." Suicide is becoming a leading cause of death in rural county jails. The story focuses mostly on problems in Costilla County, the poorest county in Colorado, as well as counties in Kentucky and Virginia.
  • Bridging the gap

    "One out of four bridges in Western Kentucky are deficient and need to be replaced, but state transportation officials say they cannot afford the $1.08 billion price tag."
  • Locked in Suffering

    Many inmates in Kentucky's county jail are not receiving care for mental illnesses, leaving them to suffer or even die. At least 17 people killed themselves during a 30 month period from Jan. 1, 1999, and June 30, 2001. Less than six ever saw a mental health professional. These mentally ill inmates have limited access to hospital beds and employees in the prisons have little to no training with the mentally ill.