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  • Paid In Prison

    Benjamin Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." It's no secret that tax season is not looked upon well. But what happens when those who are locked up for more than white collar crimes defraud the federal government of millions of dollars. The WAFB I Team looked into how much prisoners in Louisiana were stealing and why there isn't a collaborative effort with State and Federal Agencies to stop the fleecing of taxpayers money.
  • The Price of Prisons

    This series of stories, reported over the course of more than six months, examined an out-of-sight, out-of-mind state prison system in Arizona that housed inmates under brutal conditions fostering self-harm, that allowed deadly drugs to flow in from the outside, that left inmates to die from treatable medical conditions and that failed to protect inmates from prison predators. It revealed that over the prior two years needless, preventable deaths had claimed at least five times as many Arizona inmates (37) as had been executed from death row (7), but that systematic cover-ups by the Department of Corrections of the causes of death likely obscured additional preventable death. It revealed a prison suicide rate 60 percent above the national prison average, largely due to the practice of confining mentally-ill prisoners in maximum-security isolation that aggravated their conditions. It revealed how inmates had ready access to heroin, with at least seven lives claimed by overdoses in two years; how shortfalls in medical care, often led to needless suffering, expensive medical complications and death; and how a failure to control prison gangs helped lead to a homicide rate more than double the national correctional average.
  • MKE Journal Sentinel: Police Problems

    In Milwaukee, there may be no institution more powerful, more troubled and more determined to fight public scrutiny than the police department. It is a dangerous combination. In 2012 alone, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed how two officers ignored a handcuffed prisoner’s gasps and pleas for help, refused to call an ambulance in violation of department policy, and then were cleared of responsibility despite indications they played a role in the man’s death. We revealed deep flaws with the city’s crime numbers and showed how the chief, instead of fixing them, misled the public about its safety while boosting his resume. All the while, the department has worked to stymie scrutiny, from charging unpermitted fees for access to public records to dropping daily media briefings in favor of news dispensed via Twitter and a flashy new website ironically dubbed “The Source.”
  • Women in Prison

    The series examined reasons leading to Oklahoma's No. 1 U.S. ranking for its rate of incarcerating women. The Tulsa World found that while the state ranked in the mid-range for arrests of women, it jumps significantly when it comes to sentencing.
  • Secret early release of Illinois prisoners

    The series finds that the Illinois state government had secretly released 1,700 inmates from prison early in an attempt to save money and reduce overcrowding. Many of those released had committed violent crimes or been convicted of driving under the influence.
  • Killing Fields: Long Road to Justice

    “An investigation of Khmer Rouge tribunal being held in Cambodia and allegations of corruption”. Further, the investigation began with the hunt for Ta Chan who was the chief interrogator and suspected of living in a remote Cambodian village. Also, torture was a daily experience for many of the prisoners being held and resulted in a number of deaths.
  • Trapped in Tamms

    The Tamms Correctional Center is touted as housing some of the worst criminals in the state. Yet state research revealed that many of the inmates were mentally ill and were left untreated. Lengthy consecutive sentences were frequently handed to prisoners who spit or threw body wastes at guards. Food and water was also withheld from inmates and punishments were often excessive.
  • Improbable Private Prison Scam Plays Out in Hardin, Montana

    The story developed out of Hardin, Montana, which had built a prison that sat vacant for two years. Captain Michael Hilton, head of American Private Police Force (APPF), was contacted to operate the prison and fill it with prisoners. After extensive research, it was determined Hilton was a conman with a history of civil judgments and a criminal record. Furthermore, the APPF contract was also a scam.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Bodies: The China Connection

    The investigation uncovered black market trade that supplies bodies of Chinese executed prisoners for display in Premiere Exhibitions' for-profit "Bodies" show in cities around the world. The shows have been seen by millions and has brought huge profits to the Atlanta-based company.
  • Guantanamo: Beyond the Law

    After the release of many detainees at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, reporters at McClatchy set out to track down as many freed prisoners as possible to see what had become of them. Who were the men imprisoned in this facility? Why were they detained? How had they been treated? This series explores these questions and found out a majority of the prisoners were there based on faulty evidence or testimony. They were not even involved in the terrorist attacks.