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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
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WKMG found the State of Florida issuing concealed weapons permits to people who were prohibited by Federal and state law from even possessing guns because they were involuntarily committed by judges to mental institutions or drug-and-alcohol-treatment centers. The politically potent National Rifle Association and its allies have stifled any discussion in Florida about using public records to check on the mental health of the gun buyers. They claim the information is private, but this investigation shows how easily it could be done--if wanted to. This tape also looks at cases of mentally ill patients who have walked into public places like churches and opened fire to kill people.
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The National Journal examines the efforts of the federal government to stop illegal immigration from Mexico, which "have produced one of Washington's most challenging policy dilemmas." The story reports that, despite the billions of dollars spent by the government to curb illegal immigration, "the latest Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) estimates stand at 5 million, while other projections put the figure as high as 11 million." The article reveals that illegal immigrants keep on finding cracks in the wall. The author cites experts who look at the possibility for the U.S.A. to implement a "kind of Marshall Plan for Latin America" in order to create new jobs and opportunities, and to increase purchasing of U.S. products. Another suggested approach is to open more channels for legal entry.
The Progressive "investigated the restraint chair, a popular restraining device used in jails and prisons" and "revealed that at least eleven people have died since 1984 after being placed in restraint chairs..." The story "revealed widespread abuse - including torture - of prisoners in the chairs." Some of the major findings included the use of chair "for punishment of nonthreatening behavior" and cases when "prisoners have been interrogated" or "required to testify while in restraint chairs." The reporter also found that "jails, state and federal prisons, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, state mental hospitals, juvenile detention centers are all equipped with the chair."
The Washington Post Magazine reports that "protected witnesses sometimes to strange things with their new identities. The U.S. Marshalls Service tells no tales, but others do... There are lots of great stories in the witness protection program - tragic stories, comic stories, tragicomic stories. But the United States Marshalls Service, which runs the program, prefers that they remain untold stories. WITSEC is a secret program. Very secret. Sometimes ludicrously secret."
Newsday articles describe problems in the Federal Witness Protection Program: mob payoffs, extortion, loansharking and narcotics trafficking by the U.S. Marshall's Service, which is the agency charged with protecting witnesses; questions of proper use and protection of witnesses in the program, 1974-1980.
CBS News West 57th Street examines the U.S. Marshals Service's sting operations to catch fugitives; The Fugitive Investigative Task Force (FIST) received a lot of publicity for successful sting operations, but West 57th found that the operation was far less effective than reported; they arrested mostly petty crooks who were back on the streets in a few days, May 14, 1988.