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  • Shift in Supervision

    he Tennessee Department of Correction researched and created a new supervision policy for the state in 2014 that drastically reduced supervision for some and increased supervision for others. WJHL's investigation revealed that change left some criminals, even convicted murderers, with limited face-to-face contact with their probation and parole officers. Instead, some of those people now could report using an automated phone reporting system. A local district attorney and state representative said not only did they think the changes were a bad idea, they wished the state would have asked for their input or at the least, let them know the changes were on the way. TDOC maintained based on research and other state models this change would improve public safety. However, leaders from the state agency did acknowledge, when pressed, they could have done a better job of communicating the changes. In the days after the first story aired, as a direct result, TDOC's commissioner sent letters to the district attorney and state representative and told them he would be wanted to clear up their concerns directly.
  • Question of Justice

    A senior probation and parole officer obtained for her son a sentence of five and a half months of drug rehabilitation instead of the 20-years-to-life sentence standard for the Class A Felony he committed.
  • A Life Sentence

    The Post-Dispatch looked at prisoners in Missouri and Illinois who had been paroled in the last decade after originally receiving long prison terms -- some in excess of 100 years. Many of those were sentenced before laws imposing mandatory minimum prison terms, and the luckiest served a small fraction of their sentences. No one in Missouri did more than 36 years, including those who were sentenced to multiple, consecutive life terms.
  • Sex Offender Central

    Oklahoma state officials placed a probation and parole office, where sex offenders are required to check-in regularly, directly across the street from an elementary school. Not only does it violate the sex offenders' parole to visit the center, but it may also put the children at risk.
  • Criminal Justice Chaos

    This story compilation addresses numerous problems within the Texas Department of Corrections. Investigators found violations of government policies, parole officers with disciplinary problems, repeated employee negligence and even some of the worst criminals slipping through holes in the system to find new victims.
  • Saving Richard

    "'Saving Richard investigated our society's systemic failure to prevent and punish child abuse -- through the tragic case of a Maryland boy named Richard. Our report documented how social workers ignored repeated warnings from family members, teachers and neighbors about Richard's systematic torture. And our story revealed how a judge dismissed the recommendation of probation and parole officials and sent Richard's torturer to jail for such a short period of time that she was soon back out having more children."
  • Criminals in the Classroom

    WSB-TV "examined Georgia's Inmate, Probation and Parole database and checked it against the state's education employee database. We found almost 3,000 convicted criminals working in Georgia schools. Our series focused on teachers with felonies. It turns out there is no system in place to check teachers' records once they are employed with the state. If they were hired before 1994, there's no system in place to check them at all...."