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  • Walls of Silence

    Newly elected democrat Governor Gray Davis will not lift the 1995 measure which bars prisonors from one-on-one interviews with reporters and prohibits confidential mail from prisoners to reporters. The measure was initially imposed to curb the cult status of some prisoners, but now supporters, including the ACLU and the CA Correctional Peace Officers Assn., feel the post OJ political climate has abaited and public scrutiny would be a good idea considering some recent revelations from CA prisons
  • 1996 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalist Tape.

    The 1996 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalist tape is a compilation of 5 broadcast stories. 1.) "All in the Family" and "Mousetrap," Dateline, NBC News. A two-part story about a secretive group called the Irish Travelers, based in South Carolina, where members engage in organized crime ranging from swindling the elderly to an attempted mulitmillion dollar scam at Disney World. See # 14078 and # 13803. 2.) "Toy Story," Dateline, NBC News. Dateline's hidden cameras infiltrated the toy factories and textile mills in Indonesia and China and showed how children were being exploited so that American companies could sell toys at an incredible markup, violating the very ethics toy manufactures espoused. See # 13857. 3.) "Insurance Industry Investigation," Inside Edition. United Insurance, which sells low-value life and fire insurance door-to-door exploits the poor and minorities. A hidden camera catches a salesman using a coat hanger to take money out of a young child's piggy bank. See # 13767. 4.) "Airport Security: Behind the Scenes," WCPO, Cincinnati. Major lapses in security at a Cincinnati airport and a major subcontractor performed inadequate background checks and did little if any screening. See # 13883. 5.) "Overcrowding and Inhumane Treatment in Missouri County Jails," KOMU, Columbia, Missouri. An impressive presentation by a beginning journalist showed how a majority of jails are overcrowded and inadequate. Inside access to the old jails vividly showed how the jails have harmed the prisoners as well as sheriff officers and prison guards. See # 13667
  • 1997 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalist.

    The 1997 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalist tape is a compilation of 5 stories. 1.) "Blood Money," ABC News. Chilling video of the executions of Chinese prisoners and the selling of their organs to fund a profit-making organized criminal activity. See #14327. 2.) "Probable Cause," Dateline, NBC News. Systematic illegal traffic stops, brutal behavior and unfair drug seizures in Louisiana with a system where judges who decide cases benefit from ill-gotten gains and innocent citizens actually pay to go to court and get their appeals heard. See #14444. 3.) "License For Sale." KCBS, Los Angeles. An elaborate network for selling legitimate California driver licenses used for everything from getting government services to boarding commercial airlines. See # 14316. 4.) "Poor Justice? The Susan Cummings Story," KOMO, Seattle. The conviction and imprisonment of a 16-year-old girl for a murder she may not have committed. See #14305. 5.) "Military Medical Malpractice," WRAL, Raleigh N.C. Medical malpractice remains a well-kept military secret, with no one protecting millions of servicemen and women or their families from shocking standards and practices by inept doctors. See # 14287.
  • The Making of Bonecrusher

    A former guard in the Security Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison in San Joaquin Valley, CA tells of corruption, murder, staged gladiator-like fights bet. prisoners orchestrated by guards, and abuse in one of California's most notorious new prisons. Roscoe Pondexter, a guard and member of the elite prison guard group known as the Sharks, who began his career as a seemingly nice, fair man, becomes known as 'Bonecrusher' for his ability to inflict injury without but not break bones.
  • Drug Spies

    Fortune Magazine reports that "piracy is the pharmaceutical industry's dirty little secret. fighting back has become its dirty little war, With the stakes this high, there are no rules, no conventions. But that doesn't mean there haven't been prisoners. The $300-billion-a-year pharmaceutical industry is mired in a hidden war ... It is a war fought from behind mountains of litigation, one that pits the leading multinationals against a growing army of scoundrels who are either counterfeiting medicines outright (a criminal offense in which specific drugs are copied down to the form, color, and name brand) or peddled "bioequivalent" generics that infringe brand-name patents (a civil offense, but just as painful financially for the patent holders.)"
  • Pensioners or Prisoners?

    As prison populations rise, the number of prisoners over age 55 is also increasing. This has prompted several private prisons that might resemble nursing homes -- if it weren't for the barbed wire and bars.
  • Locked Up: The Greying of America's Prisons

    The population of the U.S. prison system is aging, and could lead to costly treatment for some people no longer dangerous to society. This series explores the economic, political and human aspects of the emerging crisis in corrections.
  • Women in Prison

    A female inmate in state prison describes a pattern of sexual abuse of prisoners by prison guards. Most often, the sexual contact is not physically coerced, but rather guards manipulate women prisoners into having sex by threatening to make their lives miserable if they do not comply, or by offering cigarettes or other "favors" to those who do. These offenses are hard to prosecute because Massachusetts is one of only a few states that have not made sex between prisoners and guards illegal.
  • Death, Neglect and the Bottom Line

    Jacqueline Reich died after health care workers in a Nevada jail failed to treat her diabetes. Lorenzo Ingram Sr. was one of four Alabama prisoners to die after technicians put the wrong chemical in their kidney dialysis machine. Henry Simmons Jr. died of a heart attack in a Virginia prison when a doctor's orders for tests was ignored. Correctional Medical Services Inc. of St. Louis hope no one would ever hear how they died.
  • Unequal Justice

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found extreme disparities in the length of prison sentences depending on the court circuit where the crime was committed, from 1990 to 1997. The series showed that white prisoners get probation more often than blacks even though prior criminal records were about the same and that whites were more likely to avoid prison for serious crimes in Georgia.