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  • Slow Justice

    In Forrest County, the county's justice system had all but ceased to function. The Hattiesburg American began research on the crumbling justice system in 2002. Reporters spent four months entering court records into computers from dusty ledger books and found that: the county's district attorney was "too busy" to look into instances pointed out by the newspaper where prisoners had been released in violation of the law, the district attorney's office lost case files and that a lack of working computers hindered anyone from knowing what a case's status was. In all, more than 70 articles were published on the topic throughout the year.
  • Terror Behind Bars

    Tipped off by a riot at the Lompoc jail, the Santa Barbara News Press pieces together a six-year old gruesome murder of a prison guard therein. From the questionnaire, "the investigation reveals an alleged plot by radical Islamic prisoners - including one of t he men behind the World Trade Center bombing in 1993- who goaded a mentally challenged inmate into attacking. Though the Bureau of Prisons assured the slain guard, Scott Williams' family of swift justice, its been eight years and Scott's wife Kristy is still attending court hearings.
  • Gulag Nation

    This story chronicles the systematic human rights abuses at North Korean prisons, also called gulags. The author spoke with survivors and ex-prison workers who illustrate a horrific story of abuse and torture. Kim Jong Il and his regime deny that the camps exist, and up until very recently most other countries have ignored them.
  • Prisoners of Sex; Female Trouble

    These two stories brings to light incidents of rape and sexual abuse of teenage girls in a juvenile correction center. This corretion center, The Youthful Offender System was an innovative program, an alternative to adult prison for adolescents. As the reporter found out, the female inmates were sexually abused by the male correction officers. The follow up story reports the case against the officer who was on trial for raping one of the inmates.
  • Innocence Arrested

    This article takes a look at prisoners who have spent years in prisons, convicted for crimes they have not committed. Last minute DNA testing while on death row is one way in which these people are released. This story looks at other simpler procedural changes such as videotaping confessions whenever possible that can stop these kinds of wrongful convictions.
  • Unanswered Questions

    After two of Missouri's most dangerous prisoners escaped from the state penitentiary, K-O-M-U TV investigated how these criminals could be missing. To find these answers, they did an overnight investigation. Their reports showed lapses in laws being enforced, security being allowed to lapse over time, and prison officials' unwillingness to fix this "old" prison because o fan upcoming move to a new facility. i.e. parts of the wall surrounding the prison fell down and were never repaired due to the move and money.
  • Inside Jobs. Mr. Schwalb is putting his inmates to work for the private sector. As prison population surges, service economy offers rich source of chores. Labor, business are livid.

    This article talks about FPI -- Federal Prison Industries. In the past FPI has only produced goods for the government, but now it may start producing goods for the private sector as well. This article explains how that might work, and what potential problems may arise.
  • The Gray and the White

    According to the author, "Daniel Nagle didn't die alone, because in a state prison nobody is ever alone. But the only witnesses to his murder, the first murder of a Texas prison guard by an inmate since 1982, were inmates. If you ask how it happened, that is, how a guard found himself fighting for his life--unarmed, without a radio, and without backup -- in an area accessible to more than one hundred inmates, you will be introduced to a long-standing battle between the prison guard union and the prison administration over understaffing, poor pay, and poor training, of which Nagle's death is only the most recent flashpoint."
  • Making Mental Illness a Crime

    Georgia's jails are being filled not only with criminals but also with people suffering from mental illness. These articles explore this recent development and examine how it affects the prisoners, the institution, the state and the taxpayers. The article also discusses various kinds of mental illness and offers suggestions as to how a better system for dealing with it could be developed.
  • Campaigning for Clemency

    The Village Voice looks at several women prisoners, who hope to be among one of the few state prisoners to get their sentences commuted. Governor Pataki is expected to commute the sentences of a handful of state prisoners just before Christmas.