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  • Did Texas Prison Guards Drive Marinda Griggs to Kill Herself?

    This is a story focusing on criminal justice, and attempts by defense lawyers to better devise protections for the most vulnerable. And they believe that because of changing law – namely the Texas adoption of its Tort Claims Act – that now the misdeeds of public institutions and their employees will not go unchallenged.
  • Prison Broke

    The Pitch's investigation revealed millions of dollars were quietly paid to Missouri prison guards who were harassed and retaliated against by supervisors and coworkers. The director resigned amid state probes.
  • Cruel and Unusual?

    In a five-month investigation, “Cruel and Unusual?,” the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Bill Lueders identified 40 alleged instances of physical or severe psychological abuse by guards at one state prison, Waupun Correctional Institution. All of the incidents allegedly involved prisoners in the so-called segregation unit. Two-thirds of them involved a single correctional officer.
  • Death Behind Bars

    A Global News investigation revealed that Canada's "psychiatric prisons," home to the federal penal system's sickest, most vulnerable and most volatile inmates, have the highest death and assault rates of any federal correctional facility. Designed, theoretically, to provide special care for Canada's growing population of inmates with severe mental illness, these prisons have become little more than warehouses for extremely ill offenders: They're put in brutal restraints by prison guards ill-equipped to deal with their needs, and lack sufficient access to health-care practitioners; they're kept in solitary confinement despite overwhelming evidence against it, and, Global News discovered, even so-called "intensive psychiatric care" is little more than segregation by any other name. After refusing to speak with us about this for months, Canada's Public Safety Minister announced a pilot project for two women inmates with mental illness in a groundbreaking facility specially designed for their care and rehabilitation. As part of our extensive follow-up to our initial series, Global News also reported that, six months later, that pilot project had yet to materialize.
  • Digital Attacks from Behind Prison Walls

    This investigative reporting exposed the broad reach and the real effects of violent convicts waging digital attacks from inside prison using smuggled smartphones and social media, prompting a new push for change among state and federal lawmakers. Since no statistics exist to quantify how smuggled cellphones are being used when they make it behind bars, this reporting required extensive research with prison guards, wardens and other workers at lockups statewide.
  • Watching Tony Die?

    Wendy Halloran first requested public records from the Arizona Department of Corrections (“ADOC”) in the fall of 2010, shortly after Anthony Lester died at the Manzanita Detention Unit in Tucson. As she investigated the incident, Halloran learned that ADOC officers who responded to the call in Lester’s prison cell retrieved a video camera to document the incident. The resulting video depicted the officers’ response to Lester’s suicide attempt. It has taken a monumental effort and significant legal action which was necessitated by ADOC's repeated stonewalling of Halloran and KPNX's request for access to this video. The Arizona Department of Corrections desired to limit the risk of institutional embarrassment and shield the public from its right to evaluate the work of prison guards when a mentally ill inmate dies on their watch. In the end, KPNX and Wendy Halloran substantially prevailed.
  • Prison Cover-UP

    Hurrican Rita was on her way. But prisoners in the federal penitentiary in Beaumont were not evacuated and lived in some horrendous conditions. Prison officials lied to prisoners' relatives and the news media, first by saying prisoners had been moved to safer quarters and then by saying conditions inside the prison were fine. The prisoners' accounts were later verified by prison guards.
  • Man Down

    This investigation tells the story of Thomas Jones, and inmate at the D.C. Jail. One day he collapsed while playing basketball and, later that evening, died of a heart attack. This investigation sheds light on how officers at the jail failed to save his life.
  • Sexual abuse behind bars

    The Detroit News exposed years of sexual abuse of female inmates by male prison guards in Michigan. Despite a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999, abuse rates increased and offenders went unpunished. The reporters discovered inmate suicides and guards who killed themselves rather than face accusations of abuse. The story also showed that a former governor had blocked outside investigations of sexual abuse in prisons. After publication, legislators convened hearings and male guards were phased out of women's prisons.
  • Twin Towers

    'Twin Towers' (L.A. County Jail and also the nation's largest mental institution), was investigated for three months and found the jail to be a 'terrible place to house the mentally ill'. But because community clinics are full to capacity, caring for persons with mental problems continues to fall onto the lap of 'under-trained and overwhelmed' law enforcement personnel.