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 email@example.com) 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:
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:
Search results for "confinement conditions" ...
This series of stories, reported over the course of more than six months, examined an out-of-sight, out-of-mind state prison system in Arizona that housed inmates under brutal conditions fostering self-harm, that allowed deadly drugs to flow in from the outside, that left inmates to die from treatable medical conditions and that failed to protect inmates from prison predators. It revealed that over the prior two years needless, preventable deaths had claimed at least five times as many Arizona inmates (37) as had been executed from death row (7), but that systematic cover-ups by the Department of Corrections of the causes of death likely obscured additional preventable death. It revealed a prison suicide rate 60 percent above the national prison average, largely due to the practice of confining mentally-ill prisoners in maximum-security isolation that aggravated their conditions. It revealed how inmates had ready access to heroin, with at least seven lives claimed by overdoses in two years; how shortfalls in medical care, often led to needless suffering, expensive medical complications and death; and how a failure to control prison gangs helped lead to a homicide rate more than double the national correctional average.
For thousands of youths accused of crimes, punishment preceeds any conviction. The may be held for months or even years in county jails for -- and sometimes with -- adult suspects. Scripps Howard News Service reports on the 7,500 junveiles in adult jails at any time, their conditions of confinement and how a loophole in federal law allows jails in 29 states to house juveniles with adults.
Eight class-action lawsuits won by inmates rights lawyers have led to the state of California mandating "fixes for past failures that have already cost taxpayers more than $1 billion and will cost nearly $8 billion over five years." Included in that bill are improvements in the ways prisoners are treated, like health care and "general confinement conditions." An outbreak of Valley Fever at one prison is included in the coverage of these issues. One of the ways the state seeks to balance the prison budget is a plan to release 22,000 "low-risk offenders" early.
An investigation of New York state prisons by the Poughkeepsie Journal revealed that "many inmates had lenghty histories of mental illness." The newspaper found that 38.5 percent of prison suicides occured in "The Box," even though only 4.4 percent of prisoners were housed there. "Another 15 percent occured in another form of disciplinary confinement, where just 3.6 percent of inmates were housed."
The New Times examines the conditions at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. The series reveals "evidence of physical, sexual and verbal abuse of juvenile detainees by staff, inadequate mental health services and instances where kids were kept in detention far longer than their recommended time of stay." One of the stories focused on how the department was providing substandard education. Another article shed light on the vicious practice of using solitary confinement as punishment for days or weeks, without allowing the detainees to go to classes or to the bathroom. The conditions deteriorated after a federal court order requiring the department to be monitored expired in 1998, the Times reports. Juveniles are released when they turn 18 without any adequate preparation or support.
In this two-part series and numerous follow-up stories, a hidden-camera investigation explores the underside of "time-out rooms" - a questionable disciplinary practice common in Chicago public schools and spreading nationwide. Reporters exposed the unsavory conditions and often inhumane treatment used to discipline school children, many of whom emerged with permanent physical or psychological damage.