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  • Roaming Rikers

    Jennifer Gonnerman reports on Rikers Island, "home to 80 percent of its 14,600 or so inmates, with nine jails for men and one for women." The in-depth article details life in these jails and illustrates the difference between men and women behind bars. In addition, the article provides insight into punishment, discipline structure and morale in this multi-million dollar jail system through interviews with wardens, commissioners and inmates. Gonnerman also examines issues including violence, gangs, suicide, pregnancy and retention.
  • Dying to Get Out.

    More than 300 state prisoners and terminal parolees have died in Missouri since 1997. Thousands of others have complained about the care they have received from Correctional Medical Services. The Columbia Daily Tribune article explains why should you pay attention to this problem.
  • Prisoners of the City

    In 1982 the citizens of Cleveland passed a referendum requiring that "every temporary or regular officer or employee of the City of Cleveland, including members of all City boards and commissions, shall be or become bona fide residents of the City of Cleveland." Since then many city employees such as firefighters and police officers have pushed for the repeal of the requirement, wanting the freedom to live with their families anywhere near or around the city. Some feel the requirement denies them the right to live where they please, and denies their children the better schooling than is offer in Cleveland's Municipal School system. Other city employees feel that the requirement is necessary to keep tax dollars in the city and keep property values up in neighborhoods where city employees live. Some city employees testified in favor of state legislation prohibiting the residency requirement, a similar measure was introduced to Michigan's state legislature and passed in 2000.
  • Anatomy of a Prison Murder

    This article examines Upstate Correctional Facility, "a place to send the most disruptive inmates so that the rest of the state's prisons could run more smoothly." The prison was a place where inmates from other prisons would go after breaking prison rules elsewhere. "Just as in solitary confinement, the men would stay in their cells for 23 hours a day ... At Upstate, though, officials added a harrowing twist: Each prisoner would be locked in a tiny cell all day with somebody else." After a prisoner was killed by his cell mate, The Village Voice investigates how two highly aggressive prisoners were locked in the same cell.
  • Prisoners of the City

    Cleveland Magazine looks at the controversial residency requirement for all city employees in Cleveland. The story reports on a new bill that could prohibit the requirement, thus allowing the city employees to live "nearer family members and escape the troubled Cleveland Municipal School system." The report features a fire captain's allegation that "the residency requirement is a way for the city to keep money made in this community in this community." It also finds that "without the requirement, competition for city jobs would be especially hard for people who have gone through the Cleveland public school system."
  • Hitler's Lake

    60 Minutes II examined one of Hitler's schemes during WWII: "160 Jewish prisoners were hand-picked from concentration camps and forced to work on forging the British pound note and later the American hundred dollar bill. At war's end, today's equivalent of $4.5 billion in pound notes was being circulated in Europe, Africa and South America. ... We located one of Hitler's last living counterfeiters, Adolf Burger. Not only was this gentleman able to tell us the story of the fake bills, but he also shared his own personal odyssey; one that began in Auschwitz with his wife and ended in Ebensee, Austria, five death camps later, a widower."
  • This Man Murdered My Father examines "how thousands of prisoners, some on the death row, ... are using the world to find companionship in the outside world." The freelance author profiles prisoners who have found online pen pals, or have used the Internet threats and scam. The story details the legal battle over the prisoners' Web presence.
  • Twice Taken

    The WTHR investigation "found that offenders are getting away without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to their victims because of the county’s failure to enforce the orders. ... We made a surprising discovery: The courts were often writing off the restitution orders with the stroke of a pen, issuing civil judgments against the offenders. While that sounds good in theory, it leaves the onus of collecting on the victims themselves."
  • Timothy McVeigh

    Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was interviewed from prison during which he repeatedly expressed his anger toward the federal government. He did not proclaim his innocence, nor did he deny his conviction. Jurors were also questioned about whether McVeigh was given a fair trial. After the story, the federal Bureau of Prisons and members of Congress were angry that McVeigh was given such access to air his opinions and sought legislation to limit federal prisoners' interviewing privileges.
  • The Devil's Chair

    The Progressive "investigated the restraint chair, a popular restraining device used in jails and prisons" and "revealed that at least eleven people have died since 1984 after being placed in restraint chairs..." The story "revealed widespread abuse - including torture - of prisoners in the chairs." Some of the major findings included the use of chair "for punishment of nonthreatening behavior" and cases when "prisoners have been interrogated" or "required to testify while in restraint chairs." The reporter also found that "jails, state and federal prisons, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, state mental hospitals, juvenile detention centers are all equipped with the chair."