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  • Court Martial in Iraq; Abuse at Abu Ghraib

    This investigation showed the photographs from the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the response from the Department of Defense, revealed the systematic breakdown in the handling of Iraqi detainees, and documented, through a soldier's video diary, the life of a soldier working in an Iraqi prison camp.
  • Sheriffs' Exposes

    This investigation of two sheriffs in Georgia who used inmates housed in their jails for their own personal and private gain, essentially making slave laborers out of county prisoners, shocked many. Under Georgia law, it is a felony-violation of oath of office-punishable by up to five years in prison each time a sheriff uses inmate labor for personal gain. As a result to this investigation, one sheriff resigned after FBI opened investigations on him.
  • Prison Zip Codes

    This investigation by WSMV looks at the trend of parolees, prisoners, their respective zip codes, and the continuous cycle of violence that occurs when they're released into the same environment. The trend shows that certain zip codes with hundreds of parolees also tend to have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Through their analysis, reporters at WSMV discovered that many of these parolees have no choice but to return to these high-crime neighborhoods with cheap housing due to their criminal past. "So when parolees return to these areas, they are exposed to crime again and get caught up in a cycle of violence."
  • Iraqi Prison Abuse

    Reporters went beyond Abu Ghraib to find evidence of widespread prisoner abuse. This series of stories revealed the brutal interrogation tactics the U.S. military was using to torture Iraqi prisoners and, in a few cases, to kill them. The prisoners who did die did not receive autopsies or were classified as dying by natural causes. The investigation further revealed contradictions made by the Pentagon.
  • Tough Justice

    "The stories examined the origins and consequences of the Bush administration's policies for the military detention and prosecution of terrorist suspects since 9/11. In part, they sought to investigate the abuse of prisoners by their American jailers, both in the United states and abroad. What was unique about coverage of The Times, however, was that it manages to penetrate the government's extraordinary secrecy about the subject to both reconstruct the creation of this new military justice system and assess the intelligence effort that was its bedrock rationale."
  • "U.S. accused of torture flights," "American Gulag"

    This investigation by Grey, a free-lance writer, reveals how U.S. intelligence agencies are flying terrorist suspects to countries with poor human rights records to interrogate them. Though the American government denies allegations of using such "torture by proxy" tactics, confidential travel logs detail trips to Egypt, Syria and Uzbekistan where witnesses say the prisoners are tortured.
  • Abu Ghraib Series: Living with Ghosts; A Place Dante Might Like; Up in the Cellblocks; Hiding A Bad Guy Named Triple X; Hell On Earth

    In this series, US News and World Report investigates the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The articles detail the abuses, the chaotic conditions in the prisons, and "ghost" prisoners. (These prisoners were detainees who were kept off the official books.) The investigations also talks about how military officials kept what was happening at the prison camps away from the Red Cross during their inspections.
  • 15 days of anguish: The inside story of Arizona's prison standoff

    This narrative recounts the nation's longest prison hostage standoff, a 15-day crisis at an Arizona prison. The story was reconstructed from Republic interviews and from 50 hours of taped negotiations between inmates and negotiators, official debriefings of corrections officers, investigative reports, inmate files, command logs and other public records. The Republic obtained the records only after much wrangling with the Department of Corrections and the Governor's office. After the Republic published stories on the standoff based on off-the-record sources, a county prosecutor's office rejected the Governor's office arguments to withhold the information and released the records. The story revealed how gross security flaws, mismanagement, and poor judgment led to the incident in which two women were raped.
  • Fake Law Firm

    A lawyer leaves his house in his newly purchased Mercedes and heads to his law firm, where he helps families of federal prisoners, desperate for downward departures and resentencings. What's different? The "lawyer" is a federal prisoner, his "house" is a halfway house and his new Mercedes was purchased by the bogus law firm he created with his mother to take hundreds of thousands of dollars from people, including an NBA basketball player who thought he was investing through the "attorney".
  • The Kuwait of Africa

    This story focuses on Equatorial Guinea, a small country in West Africa. Equatorial Guinea is a country that benefits from oil wealth, but also experiences corruption and repression. The story also investigates the family of Equatorial Guinea's dictator, a very wealthy man who supposedly lives a lavish lifestyle while the rest of his country remains poor. According to some, the ruling family also tortures political prisoners.