For various practical and cultural reasons, religion makes the media squirm more than any other subject. Journalists dwell in a world of facts (most do, anyway), a pragmatic place in which news is something that can be verified. Eternity is a tough one to pin down—the sources are conflicting and all the stories sound totally made up. There are plenty of religious journalists, but the culture and values of the profession are overwhelmingly secular. In a nation of so many believers, we find ourselves in a delicate position.
A few inmates have figured out ways to beat the system. In October 1999, Norman Hill, 31, of Newark, N.J., used extension cords to extend his electronic tether far enough to get outside his apartment and resume his street corner drug business. He was arrested on charges that included possession of and intent to sell heroin in a school zone.
Glitches in the system, such as inadequate oversight, can have even more tragic results.
Also in October 1999, Michael Farris of St. Louis, Mo., was awaiting trial on a burglary charge when he was released to a home-monitoring program. He detached his monitoring equipment and went without supervision for nearly a month, even though his supervisor knew of the violation almost immediately. During his freedom, he allegedly strangled a woman."
" A dancer billed - by some as 'Detroit's answer to Gypsy Rose Lee' - though NOT a stripper or 'shake dancer', she was quick to tell me when I spoke to her in January 2003 - Lotti performed with members of the Funk Brothers and worked in clubs in both the US and Canada (including the Victory Theatre in Toronto, by the by)."
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