AIR: An Inside Job

AIR, the new weekly series chronicling groundbreaking journalistic investigations, is produced by Thirteen/WNET in New York in association with CIR. "An Inside Job" begins airing Friday, September 15 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

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In the spring of 2004, the abuse of prisoners was front page news across the country. Attack dogs used on prisoners, assaults committed by guards, even deaths in custody. But while most of the media was focusing on those kinds of abuses in a faraway prison complex named Abu Ghraib, a veteran investigative journalist was finding the exact same thing in decidedly less exotic locales. Places like New Jersey and Louisiana.

"An Inside Job" traces a journey that began in the spring of 2004, when National Public Radio investigative reporter Daniel Zwerdling received a tip from an immigration lawyer. This began an award-winning reporting odyssey that would lead to the end of the practice of using attack dogs on prisoners at one prison, and highlight the scandal of a Jamaican man who died while being held in another.

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