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  • Both Sides of the Law

    At least 93 Milwaukee police officers have been disciplined for violating laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold. The offenses range from sexual assault and domestic violence to drunken driving and shoplifting. Officers who run afoul of the law often aren't fired or prosecuted, and they are allowed to continue enforcing laws the very laws they have broken.
  • A Life Sentence

    The Post-Dispatch looked at prisoners in Missouri and Illinois who had been paroled in the last decade after originally receiving long prison terms -- some in excess of 100 years. Many of those were sentenced before laws imposing mandatory minimum prison terms, and the luckiest served a small fraction of their sentences. No one in Missouri did more than 36 years, including those who were sentenced to multiple, consecutive life terms.
  • Crack Cocaine Street Sales: 'Open and Notorious'

    The Belleville News-Democrat looks at two tiny communities in Southern Illinios -- Venice and Brooklyn -- where crack cocaine is "sold openly on the streets with little or no police interference. While East St. Louis gets all the headlines in the war on drugs" these places "are forgotten by law enforcement."
  • Fatal Flaws: The District's Homicide Crisis

    The Washington Post investigates homicide investigations by the D.C. police. The investigation reveals that as the number of homicides in the city have fallen each year, so have the number of arrests in connection with those homicides. In 1999 the D.C. chief of police decided to decentralize the homicide unit, which has caused the unit to fall into disrepair. The Washington Post discovered that the units' files routinely are missing critical documents, and unsolved cases are being ignored.
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    The series documents the jobs of governement agencies charged with protecting U.S. borders. The investigation found that federal agents have an almost impossible task of securing U.S. borders. For every arrest that is made, numerous others go undected. And even for those deemed successful, the final result could end in failure. (May 9 - Dec. 29, 1995)