Crime

Health |
July 31, 1983

The Death Shift

The three-to-eleven evening shift, Bexar County Hospital, San Antonio: nurse Genene Jones was on duty in the pediatric intensive care unit, and for months babies kept having mysterious—sometimes fatal—emergencies. Why?

Crime |
May 31, 1982

The Proving Ground

Probation gives criminals a chance to show society that they can stay straight. Probation officers like Jan Purdom believe the system works.

Crime |
April 30, 1982

The Box

Used correctly, the polygraph can tell whether or not an accused criminal’s claim that he didn’t do it is true. Too bad the police can’t take that to court.

Crime |
November 1, 1981

The Cons Next Door

To unjam its prisons, Texas is moving convicted felons out of the big house and into a house on your block.

Crime |
August 31, 1981

Cattle Call

Trial by jury is a right most people charged with a crime never get to exercise. Instead, they accept a quicker, less risky alternative: the plea bargain.

Crime |
May 31, 1981

Lock ‘Em Up

Mandatory sentencing means every felon gets the same sentence for the same crime - and for the rest of us it means a lot of crimes that won’t happen.

Crime |
March 1, 1981

Sins of the Fathers

Violence within the family tends not to be taken too seriously by the courts. But eventually that violence will burst loose to threaten us all.