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  • Law and Disorder: How Oklahoma's Courts Cope with the Mentally Disabled.

    The World details the issue of the treatment of those who mentally challenged defendents who are declared incompetent to stand trial by the court. This report describes as to how these defedents are often released back into the community where they only end up committing new offenses, often sex crimes involving children.Furthermore, "companies paid by the state to supervise the mentally retarded have failed to do their jobs, resulting in criminal charges being brought against their clients. There have also been cases where judges have ordered dangerous incompetent defendents to be placed in nuring rooms.
  • State Law Shields Child Sex Offenders

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on "first offender status" in Georgia, designed to give first-time criminals a break in sentencing. The paper's analysis of state records "shows at least 3,740 people in Georgia have been granted first offender status for sex crimes, some so serious they were sentenced to prison." Such people aren't listed in the state's sex offender registry or on the Web site of the Department of Corrections, either.
  • Bedside Felons

    From the contest entry summary: "More than 90 convicted felons, many found guilty of violent assault, sex crimes or theft, are licensed by the state of New York to work as aides in nursing homes with sometimes dangerous consequences for vulnerable residents." To obtain criminal court electronic databases and identify licensed workers, the newspaper had to sue state officials under New York's Freedom of Information Law.
  • Sexual Assault Prosecutions

    The Augusta Chronicle three-day series covers "almost every aspect of the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the local community." The stories reveals that in Richmond County police and prosecutors give a "dismal effort" to the prosecution of the sexual assault crimes, but few victims find justice in court. Most suspects are released on bond and then rape again and again. Few cases lead to prison sentences, the Chronicle reports. The investigation reveals that the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances of the victims, and that victims often do not report the sexual assault crimes, because they do not believe in the effectiveness of the legal system. The series includes statistics of how judges have handled sex crimes cases in Richmond county and nationwide.
  • UC keeps sex crimes in shadows

    A five-month Bee investigation finds that "reports of rapes and sexual assaults at University of California campuses are seldom made public each year despite a decade-old federal law created to force colleges to do so." Bee reporters found that several UC campuses violated the federal campus crime reporting law, called the Clery Act. "The result: annual crime reports provided to students and parents that create a misleading portrayal of safety at UC campuses." While the nine UC campuses reported 60 forcible sex offenses in 1998, including rapes, the Bee discovered "at least 190 cases of rape and forcible sex offenses...The figure is by no means comprehensive." UC Irvine and UC Riverside sidestepped the more stringent reporting requirements of the Clery Act by using FBI statistics.
  • I Was a Teenage Spielberg

    Spin looks at the strange celebrity world of Jonathan Taylor Spielberg. "How to find fame in America? If you're a 27-year-old immigrant, you could do a lot worse than pretending to be 14 years old, assuming the last name of a famous movie director, and allegedly getting involved in a couple of sex crimes. Introducing Jonathan Taylor Spielberg."
  • Crossing the line

    The Waterloo Courier gives an in-depth look at sex crimes from offender's perspective. One finding is sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated, only taught how to avoid reoffending. The five-part series also explains how the correctional system in Iowa is dealing with hundreds of sex offenders through its probation, residential facility and parole programs.
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    Westword takes an in-depth look at Spencer Day, a 17 - year - old boy who drives around Colorado picking up young boys and forcing them to perform fellatio. His criminal record includes charges of arson, burglary, criminal mischief, indecent exposure and reckless endangerment. His recent crimes earned Day a 64-year sentence. By the time of his spree, Day exhibited several warning flags, including being kicked out of three preschools and going through 11 separate treatment programs. (Nov. 26 - 29, 1994)
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    New Times tells the story of Benita Venegas, a girl robbed of her hearing at birth, robbed of a homelife by an indifferent mother and of her virginity at age 12, becoming a mother at age 14. Her mother, Amelia Fernandez, allowed two adult brothers to use her as a sex toy for a three-year period. Now, her foster parents can't fathom why Child Protective Services Phoenix police detectives and Maricopa County prosecutors ignored the girl's plight for so long--even after receiving more than two dozen complaints from school officials about sexual and physical abuse. (Oct. 13 - 19, 1994)
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    New Times tells the story of Xavier Lance Skillman and of the 16 - year - old deaf girl who claims he sexually assaulted and kidnapped her. Public records and numerous interviewd conducted by New Times reveal that Prosecutor John Beatty was woefully unprepared to make the case against Skillman. (Jan. 12 - 18, 1995)