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  • WEWS-TV: Evading Justice

    The Ohio sex offender registry is supposed to help keep the public safe by providing access to information about convicts who have committed serious sexual offenses. But our extensive six-month-long investigation uncovered a loophole used by prosecutors and judges in one of the largest counties in the state that results in many accused rapists evading the registry. We found oftentimes the justice system allows suspects charged with rape to plead down to lesser and even completely unrelated charges – in a three-year period, there were more than 100 accused rapists who pleaded guilty to abduction, assault and endangering children, which allowed them to avoid registering as sex offenders. We also found many of those same defendants went on to be charged with another sexual offense after they evaded the registry, showing how this practice can put the public at risk.
  • The Buck Stops Nowhere

    KTRK investigates the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens, finding that the crime rate has grown largely because of lenient methods of dealing with immigrants accused of breaking the law. More than 12,000 non-citizens were charged with crimes in 18 months, including "murders tied to illegal immigrants who had been deported and returned, or had been jailed repeatedly and released without deportation." Also, the station found there were "dozens of sexual offenses committed by illegal immigrants that had been released from jail instead of" being deported. The station also found that Harris County kept the arrest of criminal aliens secret from the federal government.
  • Sex Abuse Continues; Juvenile offenders often locked in rooms together

    Staff reporter, Geoff Dutton of the Columbus Dispatch talks about the rate of sexual offenses amongst juveniles in Ohio's only prison for young rapists and sexual molesters. As this reporter discovered, there is widespread sexual activity among the inmates in this prison and also among inmates and the security personnel. The follow-up stories also covers how the facility lacks good counselors and social workers.
  • Risky Cabbies

    WMAQ-TV reports a "three-month investigation uncovered potentially dangerous cab drivers. Half of the drivers we investigated had criminal records We found most of those drivers had been arrested for assaults and batteries. Some drivers had been caught with guns, buying drugs, even committing sexual offenses. We also uncovered poor driving records...."