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  • Verizon: Fighting Data Overages

    Many Verizon Wireless customers are being billed for unexplained data overuse. In September, The Plain Dealer wrote about a few people who questioned exorbitant charges. Those stories quickly led to 4,000 Verizon customers from around the country contacting the paper with similar concerns. The reporters have stayed on the story, trying to determine what is wrong. All the while, Verizon says there is no widespread problem with its billing software -- while often erasing the charges that customers complain about.
  • Assault On Justice

    When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in D.C., you might not be able to take so-called APOs at face value. WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden, along with journalist Christina Davidson, teamed with the Center For Investigative Reporting's Reveal program and American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop to document and analyze nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge. Some defense attorneys see troubling indicators in the numbers, alleging that the law is being used as a tactic to cover up police abuse and civil rights violations. The statute “goes too far and criminalizes too much,” one expert says. http://wamu.org/projects/assault-on-justice/
  • State Restrains Psychiatric Patients At High Rate

    Between 2001 and 2007, Connecticut hospitals have been cited by the federal government for overuse of restraints and seclusions involving psychiatric patients. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released for the first time data on hospital restraints it was an opportunity to report on the restraint practices at Connecticut's hospitals.
  • Prescription Fraud: Abusing the System

    Every year, hundreds of millions of prescription pills flow into the nation's illicit drug market, creating a giant cornucopia of painkillers, stimulants and tranquilizers. Authorities from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating more than a dozen doctors suspected of unlawfully supplying prescription drugs. Weikel explains how millions of pills are being illegally resold on the streets and how some see a double standard in leniency toward doctors and the rich and powerful who overuse drugs.
  • Cell Extractions

    A KTVT-TV investigation exposes "the violent way some correction officers handle inmates in North Texas jails." The investigation dociments the "overuse of pepper mace and excessive force," and details a case, when an inmate "died at the hands of the correction officers." The story features a letter from an Amnesty International expert, "stating the treatment of the inmates ... was tantamount to to torture and cruel punishment."
  • Women and Drugs

    CBC (Toronto) series investigates overuse of prescription drugs such as tranquilizers by Canadian women; questions the relationship between women, doctors and drugs, Jan. 15, 1986.