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  • I will die in prison for a nonviolent crime

    Oklahoma's prisons are over capacity, yet more than 50 people are serving life without parole for drugs, the result of an antiquated and ineffective three-strikes law. These inmates are not drug kingpins but regular people who had a drug addiction that landed them behind bars. Three days after the story ran, the governor amended the law to allow more sentencing flexibility in these types of drug cases.
  • Justice takes a Break

    Jails doors swung open in Washington State as thousands of offenders were transferred to alternative sentencing programs. This investigation showed that rising crime rates in Washington coincided with the declining inmate populations -- and the false promises behind some of those jail diversion programs https://vimeo.com/k5investigators/justice-takes-break
  • There’s not a list

    Under Colorado’s “lifetime” sentencing laws, sex offenders were supposed to remain in prison until they successfully completed a rigorous mental/behavioral health program. The intent was to fully rehabilitate them and prevent recidivism. Through months of research, 9Wants to Know also uncovered names of offenders who committed new sex crimes after release. Even after we provided those names to DOC, a prison official publicly claimed, “There’s not a list,” and the recidivism rate was zero. As a result of our investigation, DOC could no longer be in denial. The sex offender treatment program manager was replaced, and prison officials are changing the program rules and asking for more state funding.
  • Our Youngest Killers: Juveniles Serving Life w/o Parole in Massachusetts

    15 years after the Massachusetts Legislature passed one of the harshest juvenile murderer sentencing laws in the country, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) revealed, for the first time, serious disparities in the way juvenile killers have been punished under the law.
  • Young Kids, Hard Time

    A documentary on the lives of convicted juveniles - some as young as 12 - serving decades in the adult correctional system.
  • Our Youngest Killers

    Fifteen years after the Massachusetts Legislature passed one of the harshest juvenile murderer sentencing laws in the country, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting revealed serious disparities in the way juvenile killers have been punished under the law.
  • Our Youngest Killers: Juveniles Serving Life Without Parole in Massachusetts

    Fifteen years after the Massachusetts Legislature passed one of the harshest juvenile murder sentencing laws in the country, a New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) investigation revealed, for the first time, serious disparities in the way juvenile killers have been punished under the law. The article investigates 60 juvenile murder cases in Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • Adolfo's Story

    Adolfo Davis has been in jail since the age of fourteen, sentence to life in prison without parole for murder. In Illinois, it's legal to question a fourteen-year-old without the presence of a defense attorney so long as a youth officer is present, and the child is made aware of his rights.
  • Locking up criminals locks in rising costs

    The paper examined the state's philosophy on being tough on crime but in a time of economic downturn, it may be better to increase the use of less costly probation for nonviolent offenders.