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One in this series of news magazine programs. In the first segment, "You're Under Arrest," Steve Kroft examines the "forfeiture laws" that allow government agents to keep property seized from innocent people. Kroft narrates the story of Willie Jones, a worker at a plant nursery, whose job required him to travel with large amounts of cash. Police became suspicious of Jones' traveling and stopped him in the airport before he was to leave for one of his trips. Citing the 1984 Forfeiture Act, the police seized the $9,000 in cash that Jones had earmarked for a large business transaction with a horticulturist in another city. Although Jones was never charged with any crime, his money was never returned to him. Kroft interviews several government agents, who all tell him the same thing: "Jones' money was put under arrest for suspicion of being involved in drug trafficking." Jones laments that the American maxim "you're innocent until proven guilty" simply is not true in a number of cases -- he literally had to prove his innocence when he was stopped. Kroft then introduces surveillance footage of segment producer Harry A. Radliffe II dealing with two government agents after purchasing his airline ticket in cash. He is also harassed. The segment ends with Kroft explaining that Jones is suing the government for violating his civil rights. In the second segment, "Lost in Bel Air," Lesley Stahl spends time with homeless women who dwell in the affluent neighborhood that they once owned homes in before they were divorced or widowed. She conducts several interviews with them regarding how they feed themselves and where they sleep, and she talks with them at great length about what it feels like to fall in status so drastically. In the third segment, "G-Dog," Mike Wallace interviews a priest whose reputation for working closely with violent Los Angeles gang members has earned him respect and admiration from hoodlums; the police view him as a controversial figure, they resent his vows of confidentiality. In the fourth segment, Andy Rooney presents the political platform he would run on if he were involved in the presidential election.

Cataloging of this program has been made possible by the Bell Atlantic Foundation, 2000.


  • DATE: April 5, 1992 Sunday 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:47:40
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:63149
  • GENRE: News magazine
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Civil rights; Gangs; Homeless women; She Made It Collection (Lesley Stahl)
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1968-


  • Don Hewitt … Executive Producer
  • Philip Scheffler … Senior Producer
  • Radliffe, Harry A., II … Producer, Writer, News Writer
  • Merri Lieberthal … Producer
  • de Boismilon, Anne … Producer
  • David Rummel … Producer
  • Arthur Bloom … Director
  • Allen Mack … Direction (Misc.), Associate Director
  • Alicia Tanz Flaum … Direction (Misc.), Associate Director
  • David Rummel … Writer, News Writer
  • Mike Wallace … Reporter
  • Ed Bradley … Reporter
  • Lesley Stahl … Reporter
  • Morley Safer … Reporter
  • Steve Kroft … Reporter
  • Andy Rooney … Reporter
  • Willie Jones
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