9 episodes

KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.

Cruel & Unusual AJ Lagoe /KARE 11

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 143 Ratings

KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.

    Episode 8: Reforming the Paper Tiger

    Episode 8: Reforming the Paper Tiger

    In the final episode, state leaders respond to KARE 11’s Cruel & Unusual investigation by introducing sweeping reform measures named after Hardel Sherrell. 
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 26 min
    Episode 7: The Jail Doctor

    Episode 7: The Jail Doctor

    The KARE 11 Investigates team exposes a hidden history of discipline, unethical behavior, and questionable care by the doctor behind Minnesota’s largest jail medical company.
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 33 min
    Episode 6: The Suicide Crisis

    Episode 6: The Suicide Crisis

    The KARE 11 Investigates team searches for answers about why in Minnesota the percentage of jail deaths resulting from suicide is double that of the rest of the nation.
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 26 min
    Episode 5: They Lied

    Episode 5: They Lied

    A young United States Senate staffer dies behind bars after suffering a mental health crisis. The KARE 11 Investigates team finds jail guards lied about checking on him.
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 27 min
    Episode 4: Don’t Leave Me in Here

    Episode 4: Don’t Leave Me in Here

    A teenage girl, arrested for shoplifting, dies in jail. The official investigation covers up what really happened.
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 32 min
    Episode 3: Message From the Grave

    Episode 3: Message From the Grave

    A dead inmate sends his family a message from the grave. It exposes a pattern of medical care being denied at a county jail dealing with a series of suspicious deaths. 
    "Cruel & Unusual" is an original podcast from the award-winning investigative team at KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this podcast series, KARE 11 investigates mysterious deaths swept under the rug and ignored by those in power. It exposes a deadly pattern: people left to suffer, begging for help that doesn’t come. It also reveals a state turning a blind eye to a jail doctor with a troubled past and the denial of life-saving medical and mental healthcare behind bars.
    Watch KARE 11's "Cruel & Unusual" television reporting at kare11.com/cruelandunusual.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

Clockness Monster ,

Deserving of every listen

Heart-wrenching. Thank you for amplifying these voices and allowing us to share in the burden of such travesty, in hopes for a kinder world.

geetee30 ,

Immediately political

First two seconds immediately political. No thanks

anytime1957492956 ,

Love this podcast!

As someone who lives in Minneapolis Minnesota, I have read a lot about since the story broke a few years ago. This podcast does a lot of investigation and proof to show how awful many inmates are being treated in our jails & prisons.

Reading other reviews about how it’s just “cop bashing” is disgusting. This is not bashing or “just another social justice” podcast, this is the truth that many inmates are living. I can guarantee the people who made these comments didn’t bother to do any actual research or even listen to the whole series to find out the truth of what has unfolded in our jail system, and what is currently happening in many prisons across the United States.

Keep up the good work KARE 11. This is one of many reasons why you’re my favorite new station.

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