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  • 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.
  • Investigating the Investigators

    WNEM-TV reveals that many of the practicing private investigators in Minnesota have potentially invalid licenses, which have not been signed by the county sheriff or village police chief. The reporter draws the conclusion that "some of these private eyes who are watching you, may not be legal" and, as a result. anything private investigators say or do, might also not be valid in court. The investigation finds that "the practice of not getting the proper signatures has been going on for years..." and that "the Michigan State police who oversees the investigators has been letting it slide for years."
  • Public Records, Private Rules

    "The project tested access to public records and compliance with Kansas Open Records Act in all 105 Kansas Counties. Requested were county commission minutes, city bills approved for payments, high school coaches' total compensation and standard offense reports from county sheriffs. Of 420 requests, 35 were denied outright. About a third of the denials were by sheriff's offices. Eight percent of all requests were partially filled; for example, visitors were allowed to look at a document but not copy it, or were given salary numbers on a Post-It note instead of the document describing the salary's structure. But more than half of all agencies pressed their visitors for information on their employers and their reason for requesting the document - information not required by law. Visitors to sheriff's offices were generally greeted with suspicion, and occasionally with hostility. "
  • Open Records, Closed Doors

    Seven Indiana newspapers teamed up for an investigation on the difficulty of obtaining open records in the state. In each county, the group requested five common public records: a police incident report, the sheriff's daily crime log, a death record, school board minutes and the salary of the basketball coaches at each county's largest high school. The investigation found widespread disregard of the law by government officials, especially among local sheriffs' units, to disclose documents.
  • Teresa

    Investigation reveals a deputy's personal life may have interfered with his job, and cost a woman her life. The victim had complained 18 times about her husband, how he was beating and sexually assaulting both her and her children. Dispatch tapes illustrate the deputy's disinterest in the case; his own turbulent past colored how he saw victims of domestic violence.
  • The Untouchable

    A News 12 investigation found that a Suffolk County jail officer had escaped the consequences of a 20 - year history of misconduct, including using his position to foster improper relationships with male inmates. The investigation found that Suffolk County sheriffs were aware of the misconduct, Apr. 4 - 5, Dec. 29, 1994.
  • Trail's End

    Los Angeles Times Magazine describes the shooting death of Donald Scott at the hands California lawmen; finds that officers after the wealthy recluse used fake information to obtain a search warrant and were likely to have wanted an excuse to confiscate his valuable land through drug forfeiture laws
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    Southern Exposure (Durham, N.C.) series examines law and order throughout the South; looks at drugs and their impact on the region, the relationship between police and minority communities, county sheriffs and the drug trade, and the allure of instant wealth that crack cocaine can provide to someone with little hope of a prosperous life, Winter 1990.
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    Miami Herald details corruption and cronyism in the Broward County Sheriffs office; investigates allegations of extortion, bribery, influence peddling and drug trafficking, September - December 1990.
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    Wall Street Journal reports that rural Western sheriffs are finding they are ill-prepared to fight drug runners and illicit laboratories, Dec. 28, 1989.