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These 27 hour long documentaries produced by the same people who make Cops go behind the scenes and onto the streets, as they take an in-depth look at crime today. Episodes range from high-speed police chases, the sex trade, smuggling and surveillance cameras to armed kids, media coverage of crime and police sting operations. Each show is a fast-paced look at the controversial people and issues that face the U.S. judicial system right now. Most episodes feature footage from Cops, one has behind the scenes footage, so this could be called the first spin-off. I believe all episodes aired from 2000-1 as that's how they are dated and they have a link to the old Court TV site crime.com

Episode (Alphabetical) Description
Bad Girls Girls under the age of eighteen are now the fastest-growing group of criminal offenders in America. While national crime rates declined generally over the past decade, the arrest rate for juvenile females doubled, with the figure even higher for those involved in violence. Examine the growing problem of "bad girls" breaking laws and facing justice. A look at how and why more female juveniles seem to be patterning their behavior on that of young criminal males, yet with a fascinating gender twist.
Behind Bars Killers behind bars - maximum security prison can be one of the most dangerous worlds to live. Investigate inmates convicted of murder who continue to kill once incarcerated and examines the extremes the prison must go to trying to control these predators behind bars. A look inside the biggest and baddest prisons in the US. Includes the 1971 Attica riot up to the modern Super Max prison. Interviews with prisoners and COS includes vicious attacks on guards.
Bounty Hunters For many, the term "bounty hunter" conjures up images out of the old west: a macho, grizzled, gun-toting rough rider who tracks down dangerous desperadoes with their faces on wanted posters and a price on their heads. While the tough guy image often fits - and today’s bounty hunters do carry guns on their more dangerous assignments - they also come in various ages, genders and types. These days, America’s three thousand bounty hunters work for bail bond agencies, finding and bringing back fugitives who have "jumped bail" by failing to appear in court. Their cut: from 10-30% of the bail amount if successful - and nothing when they fail.
Chronic Criminals The young skinhead's arms are covered in swastikas and other tattoos that express his hate. He began committing his crimes at age 11 and was a murderer by 15. His eyes gleam and his voice rises in excitement as he admits his lust for killing. According to the law, this killer is still a kid, a candidate for rehabilitation. He feels the system is just preparing him to be a tougher, more cunning criminal when he is released at age 25. Cops on the beat say that 10% of the population commits 90% of all crimes. Why are criminals with a history of violence let out on the street, where they will almost certainly strike again? Chronic Criminals goes inside the system to see what's behind this hardcore group of recidivists, and what can be done to stop them. #9. 4/27/01
Cops, Camera, and Courts Trial by press. Invasion of privacy. Interference with law enforcement. Cameras in the courtroom. This episode explores the influence of media coverage on crime and justice in the age of 24-hour news coverage and intense competition for compelling footage and sound bites. Also controversial media events such as the murder trial of O.J. Simpson and media treatment of Richard Jewell, the security guard accused of bombing the Atlanta Olympics. Follow a COPS crew as it rides along with police officers, to see if the presence of cameras impacts the behavior of cops and suspects. Explore the stories of suspects virtually branded as guilty by the press - but later found to be innocent. A probing examination of the media’s impact, and the fine line between the exercise of First Amendment rights and their abuse.
Crimes Caught on Tape Rodney King is beaten as a group of officers stand by. A neighborhood watch group takes matters into their own hands, setting up its own surveillance cameras to capture local drug dealers in action. A woman finds out her employer has placed hidden surveillance cameras in the ladies’ room, looking for dishonest employees. These days, anyone with a video camera is a private investigator in the making. Videotape has become a powerful weapon in the pursuit of justice. After all, “seeing is believing”...or is it?
Cruel and Unusual Punishment Illustrates how the eighth amendment of the constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, is routinely challenged and subjected to broad interpretation and debate. Exposing disturbing examples of extreme force, the program depicts some of the secret tactics employed by correctional officers to control dangerous inmates within prison walls. The show also visits some of the toughest prisons in America including California's Corcoran Prison, Michigan's Scott Correctional Facility and death row in a Huntsville, Texas prison, the nations most active execution unit.
Cyber Crime 2000
Dangerous High - The Meth Explosion 7/13/01
Deadly Force Fighting crime often requires a gun - but when is it justified? We expect police officers to make split-second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death. But are cops who continue to make bad decisions being allowed to get away with murder? Do law enforcement officers deserve to be automatically given the benefit of the doubt? Or are out-of-control cops hiding behind the “blue wall of silence,” and relying on the internal review process to protect them? This show examines several cases in which deadly force was used. In some, it appears justified -- in others, it's seems questionable. At a time when public scrutiny is at an all-time high and lawsuits are filed at even the appearance of impropriety, beat cops face a daily dilemma. Other topics: are cops being given appropriate training, including the use of non-lethal weapons and tactics? Or, as some contend, has over-training lead to hyper-reactive officers, inclined to pull a gun at the least provocation? How does race play a role in these deadly confrontations? Finally, who should ultimately determine if the use of deadly force is appropriate?
Deadly Predators No single criminal strikes greater fear into the hearts of the public than the serial killer. This unique type of murderer is something of a modern phenomenon, emerging with alarming frequency in the latter half of the 20th century. Experts speculate that fifty or more serial murderers are "active" in the United States at any one time. This show examines a case that has been reopened.
The Drug War The imposing black doorman ushers us into one of Miami's hottest new clubs. Hundreds of beautiful people high on Ecstasy dance to throbbing music. Meanwhile, across town in the black ghetto, there is a government drug war raging. America has declared an all-out war against illegal drugs, yet a thriving black market feeds the nation's voracious appetite to get high. The Drug War takes a hard look at where we are today. Are tougher laws and mandatory prison sentences the best policy? Or is it time to declare the "War on Drugs" a lost cause?
Eyewitness to Crime By the year 2000, more than a third of all American households had at least one video camera. One result of this technology has been a proliferation of crimes captured on videotape. Sixty American cities have installed surveillance cameras in public places – part of a two billion dollar video security industry. Most police departments now equip their patrol cars with video “dash-cams” and use hidden cameras in undercover stings. And every day, TV news crews capture crimes as they happen, from action-packed “hot pursuits” to tense hostage situations. A focus on cases in which video cameras have “witnessed” crimes in progress, from arson and petty theft to armed robbery and murder. Hear the story from those closest to the crime: the victims, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and, if possible, the perpetrators themselves.
Forbidden Cargo Hot on the trail of Mexican smugglers and their human cargo, border patrol agents crash through the underbrush along the Rio Grande River, the total darkness pierced with high-tech electronic night vision. The frenzied chase to secure our national borders escalates nightly. Policing America's borders: Drugs, guns, cash, exotic animals, even human beings, the flow of contraband into the United States has become a tidal wave. The government spends billions to stop the smugglers and admits it only touches the tip of the iceberg. Forbidden Cargo takes you from the agents on the front lines to the politicians in Washington in search of answers in a battle that many fear we are losing. #5
Guilty...or Insane? A man sits by the side of the road, talking incoherently, a gun pointed to his head. The police have him surrounded, he is clearly not in control of his senses but an officer tries to talk him down. Suddenly the gun goes off, his body goes limp. Once again the police are drawn into the deadly web of insanity. The mentally ill are filling the jails and prisons. Are they responsible for their actions or victims of their disease? Cops, courts and lawyers are divided. Are they Guilty…Or Insane? #4. 2000
Hardtime/No Crime In New Orleans' famed French Quarter, a young couple enjoys a successful first date. But as they walk in the dark, shots ring out. She screams, and runs. His life slowly fades. She is hysterical, she didn't see the attacker clearly. But soon after, a 16-year-old is arrested. Even with a seemingly ironclad alibi, the innocent youth is convicted and sentenced to death, based on her now unwavering eyewitness testimony. They are horror stories: Innocent people convicted for crimes they did not commit. Many spend decades in prison before finally being exonerated. Some may even be executed. Hard Time / No Crime examines mistakes of the criminal justice system, and explores what factors appear to have influenced these cases of wrongful conviction. #7. 2000
Hot Pursuit We've all seen high-speed pursuits on TV, with courageous cops keeping the pedal to the metal as they chase down fleeing criminals. But in a high-tech, media-driven world, these pursuits are often taken to the edge and beyond, resulting in serious injuries or death to innocent bystanders. Do citizens want arrests at any price - or policies and restrictions that limit these hot pursuits when innocent bystanders are put at risk? Where do cops stand on this issue that affects all of us- and what’s being done to dial down the danger? Features footage from Cops episodes in Cleveland, Denver & Ft. Worth.
Intimate Violence In a last ditch effort to save her marriage, after years of verbal and physical abuse, a woman arranges a meeting with a church therapist. When her drunk, angry husband arrives, a shootout ensues, leaving both wounded. Now, he's in prison and she's in counseling, trying to get on with her life and understand why she stayed so long in a relationship that nearly killed her. Nearly a million domestic abuse cases are reported annually, and it's been estimated that more than four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner each year. Why is so much violence committed in the name of love and how is the justice system responding to this crisis?
Inside the Chase Tape-driven clips examine exciting high-speed police chases from the viewpoint of the principal "players" involved - the cops who chase, the helicopter pilots who have become an integral part of the pursuit, the media and the victims. Sgt. Lynne Blum, Officer John Digget, Deputy Erik Little, Bob Turner, Sgt. Mitch Siebe, Sgt. Randy Baird, Sgt. Gary W. Perkins, Sheriff Ron McClellan, Larry Welk, Jane Valez-Mitchell. 8/14/01
Kids: Armed and Dangerous In the crowded cafeteria and library at Columbine High in Littleton, CO, two seniors confront hundreds of students and several teachers. They open fire, killing 13 and wounding 23 before committing suicide. A suburban community is left in mourning and a nation in shock. Each year in America, guns in the hands of kids account for several thousand deaths of young people up to the age of eighteen, and leave thousands more wounded, paralyzed, or emotionally scarred. Why are so many kids shooting kids, and what can be done to stem this epidemic of youthful gun violence?
Murder for Hire The Bible-Belt preacher glances behind him and then slides into the darkened pickup truck. He is joined by the hit man. Do they have a deal? Will he kill his mistress's husband, a rival man of the cloth, for the price of a nine-millimeter gun? From mobsters to ministers, life is cheap and the motives are deadly. In the chilling business known as Murder for Hire, are we looking at the dark side of the American dream? Today, it seems like every life has a price tag and tomorrow's hit man could be living right next door.
Operation Sting A family of drug dealers is caught selling bags of cocaine to an undercover cop. A defense attorney is convicted of jury tampering based on taped conversations, until the judge throws out the judgment. Police create a "reverse sting," in which petty criminals show up to pick up their prizes after receiving false "contest" certificates. Motivated by the need for "hard evidence," law enforcement often relies on "stings" to capture criminals. But is the deck stacked in their favor? Several cases where the incriminating evidence is the result of a sting, and look at the issues of entrapment that the cases raise
Serial Killers They are elusive human monsters, who are compelled to kill again and again. As their numbers grow, so do the body counts. Catching them isn't easy, for they often look and sound just like the rest of us. Serial Killers will look at the growing crime wave caused by those who kill again and again, driven by their need for self-gratification. Between 1975 and 1995, there were more documented serial killings than in any previous 25-year span. And there may be countless undocumented serial killings, for it can take years to make a connection between the killer and the victims. What can be done to better target and catch these cunning criminals?
Sex for Sale Wearing a disguise, the police officer cruises the streets in search of prostitutes. A thin, sickly blonde approaches, makes a deal and drives to the river to earn a quick twenty dollars. For the vice squad that arrest her, it is business as usual as they lock her up for peddling her flesh to the public in violation of the law. Sex for Sale is an unblinking look at the controversial business of prostitution. We meet the preachers who label this work a crime against God. We'll track the law enforcement responses from the police cruiser into the urban courts and we'll hear from the pimps, the hustlers, and the prostitutes themselves, as they defend their right to sell their own bodies and challenge the legal system.
Undercover  They’ve been called the "guerilla soldiers" in the war against crime - undercover cops, who assume the identity of criminals or victims to enter a shadowy world where one false move can cost them their lives. Whether it's prostitution, drugs, strong armed robbery or murder-for-hire, the undercover cop must become a consummate actor to gather crucial evidence. Their weapons: hidden video cameras and body wires, and a backup team that is often the only thing that can save them when things go wrong. See an undercover cop pose as a get-away driver for two gun-toting bank robbers plotting their next heist. Follow members of Miami’s undercover Crime Suppression Unit as they travel through the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, changing identities in an instant to catch hard-core criminals in action. Meet a veteran undercover Atlantic City cop who poses as a drunk tourist to attract muggers, suffering a series of vicious beatings caught on tape. Witness a female undercover officer make a successful drug buy from a violent dealer - just moments after being told that he’s a suspect in a homicide.
Under Siege The armed standoff with a barricaded suspect or group is one of the most volatile situations faced by law enforcement. The tactical approach of SWAT teams to this state of siege can mean the difference between a peaceful resolution and disaster. A look at several tense siege situations, from an emotionally disturbed father dangling his baby from a second story window, to the deadly confrontation at Waco, Texas between federal agents and the Branch Davidian religious sect, led by David Koresh. From successful rescues to miscalculation and tragedy, go inside the minds of law enforcement and barricaded suspects as these real-life dramas unfold.
Video Justice Every day, in its fight against crime, law enforcement depends on millions of extra "eyes" - video cameras, which catch criminals in the act and often assist in their prosecution. This crime-fighting weapon is at work in security surveillance, police "dash-cams," undercover stings, and in the hands of private citizens. No matter how strange, violent, or funny the crime, the video camera is the tool that never blinks. A will focus on cases in which these "video cops" played a crucial role. Learn how video helped identify a unique new crime - "store diversion burglary" - and brought to justice an entire family of expert thieves. Through dash-cam footage, take a wild ride as a teenage girl steals a police cruiser and leads officers on a high-speed chase. Watch bullets fly in a crowded pool hall as a gang member guns down a rival in cold blood. See a hidden camera sting incriminate a prominent lawyer who hires a hit on a business associate he wants dead. Sgt. John View, Sgt. Randy Baird, Det Walt Turney, Det Gary Nolte, Cyndi Imperato, James Clarke, Cpt Gary Green

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