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  • Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper

    Scapegoat is the true story of the horrific Chino Hills murders -- the highest profile crime in San Bernardino County history. It shows how law enforcement ignored eyewitness information implicating three white men as the perpetrators in order to pin the crime on Kevin Cooper, a recently escaped black prisoner from the nearby prison in Chino, California. It shows how his public defender lost the case before the trial even began and how the justice system has failed Cooper at almost every turn. It also shows the heroic work of an international law firm headquartered in San Francisco that adopted Cooper's case pro bono just three months before his scheduled execution in 2004 and won him a stay and how lawyers from this firm continue to appeal his wrongful conviction.
  • Detroit Free Press: Free to Kill

    “Free to Kill,” a seven-month Detroit Free Press investigation, found the Michigan Department of Corrections failed to properly supervise some of the most violent of the state’s roughly 70,000 offenders under its watch. A total of 88 parolees and probationers were suspected, arrested or convicted in 95 murders between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011. The number nearly doubled from 2010 to 2011 -- from 21 to 38. The series also revealed that dozens of offenders weren't outfitted with court-ordered electronic tethers, and others weren't sent back to prison for new crimes or failed drug tests.
  • Rules of Engagement

    “Rules of Engagement” was a two-year investigation designed to shine public light on the March 6, 2007, murders of two deaf, unarmed teenage brothers and the killing of their unarmed and deaf teenage cousin by American soldiers in Iraq.
  • Murder Mysteries

    Scripps Howard developed a computer algorithim that can identify suspicious clusters of homicides of women that have a significant chance of containing serial murders.
  • What Violent Criminals Could Be Paroled

    The North Carolina Department of Correction had many of inmates facing life sentences set to be paroled with the public unaware while the governor and attorney general attempted to keep these men from walking out the front door.
  • New Orleans Police

    CBS News takes an in depth look at the allegations of police brutality in the days following Hurricane Katrina. Federal investigators uncovered at least three murders and filed charges against a dozen police officers. The investigation determines why and how the chaos led to the crimes.
  • "Murder Mysteries"

    The Scripps Howard News Service has compiled an extensive database of homicide victims in the U.S., by using state and local Freedom of Information laws. The project revealed records of more than 15,000 murders that were "never reporter to the FBI." As a result of the series, several police departments "promised reform," and new investigations into old murders were launched.
  • "The War Next Door"

    Violence has increased in Mexico as the government cracks down on the drug cartels. Murders and kidnappings have increased, and Mexican citizens are afraid to leave their homes. Interviews with the Mexican Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security reveal the role of the U.S. in combating the problem. A jailhouse interview with a prominent female drug smuggler gives insight to the workings of the drug trafficking world.
  • Homicide in LA

    This series is a story about a serial killer on the loose in South Los Angeles. The story broke after a lead from the one and only surviving victim, who agreed to meet only with LA Weekly. LA Weekly kept the story alive by helping detectives by writing stories and keeping the existence of the serial killer alive. Though, after the story had gone away, 20 years later it has reappeared as the serial killer struck again.
  • Curse of the Class of 2006

    This story explains how the class of 2006 became known as the “cursed class” due to the number of deaths during and following the 2006 school year. The school, Carol City Senior High, was one of the best based on the facility and placed in a location still considered farmland. But after students were bused in from surrounding neighborhoods, things began to change and academics fell to the back burner, while athletics excelled. Further, many students believed the atmosphere became very ghetto, which led to several deaths from the class of 2006, who were considered top students.