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    The series uncovered mismanagment, poor medical care and violence against prisoners at the Onondaga County lockup.
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    Penthouse describes how six successive presidential administrations, Congress and the media have allowed the issue of Vietnam prisoners of war to be forgetten; documents and interviews describe POW sightings and the existence of a separate POW prison system and statistics point to the fact that some prisoners had to have been left alive, possibly up to the present, August 1994.
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    News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) analyzes prison records to find a high correlation between repeat offenders and drug and alcohol abuse; almost all prisoners who were admitted to prison more than ten times in a twenty year period had a record of drug and alcohol-related crimes, May 22, 1994.
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    The Nation exposes the problem of deaf prisoners who have never had the chance to learn sign language because of poverty; they are in a Catch-22: if they don't go to trial because of mental incompentence they must languish in a mental hospital but if they do they can't understand concepts like guilty or innocent, Oct. 4, 1993.
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    WSYX-TV (Columbus, Ohio) runs a lengthy series on how inadequate prison construction contributed to the death toll of a riot; also tells how prison officials placed a gag order on prisoners and refused to release parolees who were witnesses, keeping one man past his sentence until his death, May - December, 1993.
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    The Mercury (Pottstown, Pa.) finds that $200 million in Pell Grants intended for low income students were given to prisoners instead; the grant program was not intended for prisoners and the money was given above the amount already allocated for prison education programs, October 24 - 27.
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    Time magazine investigates the question of American prisoners of war left in Southeast Asia; looks into the individual cases of several missing-in-action servicemen as well as the groups that solicit money from family members of POW/MIA's; reveals the hunt for missing Americans in Vietnam is little more than a corrupt enterprise that takes advantage of the false hopes of the families.
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    Florida Trend magazine writes about the Miami-based Wackenhut Corporation's subsidiary, Wackenhut Corrections Corp., which provides federal, state and local jurisdictions with residential internment for prisoners; the corporation hopes to manage private prisons more cheaply than government, July 1989.
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    Los Angeles Times Magazine reports on the ministry of a Protestant minister who investigates claims by convicted prisoners that they are innocent; his efforts have resulted in the release of eight people from prison, Dec. 23, 1991.
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    Maine Times (Topsham) investigates the torture and murder of an inmate in the Maine correctional system; man was in prison for molesting a child, and was victimized by other prisoners, Feb. 22, 1991.