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KARE 11 Investigates: Cruel & Unusual

Preventable deaths, illegal shackling, botched investigations, falsified records, and a suicide crisis inside Minnesota jails -- all costing taxpayers millions

Brandon Stahl (KARE11), A.J. Lagoe, Steve Eckert

Beltrami County

Published: 3:18 PM CDT November 5, 2021
Updated: 2:32 PM CST December 21, 2021

A continuing KARE 11 Investigation has exposed negligent or even non-existent medical care in Minnesota jails leading to inmate deaths. 

KARE 11 also documented high rates of suicide and inmate mistreatment, all while jail staff and medical providers falsified records and investigators looked the other way. 

Our stories, including a one-hour documentary that aired last year, prompted sweeping, statewide reforms that set minimum standards for inmate safety and health care – particularly for those confined with mental illness or substance use disorders. 

The series has been honored with a Midwest Regional Emmy, a Peabody nomination, was a finalist for a Scripps Howard Award, and is a finalist for an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, one of the highest honors in journalism.

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