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Forfeiture, in law, the loss, without compensation, of property or legal rights as punishment or penalty for violating a law or for failure to fulfill a contract.

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  • How Alcatraz Worked
    How Alcatraz Worked

    The most high-tech prison of its day, built on an island of rock and fortified by concrete and steel, Alcatraz was created to house the worst of the worst. See more »

  • How are terrorists tracked, and what does it cost?
    How are terrorists tracked, and what does it cost?

    Terrorists work very hard to remain undetected. After all, if we knew where they were, we could stop them from attacking. But they usually work in small groups, or even alone. How do law enforcement officials track them down? See more »

  • How Bioterrorism Works
    How Bioterrorism Works

    When an anthrax attack just after Sept. 11 killed five people and infected 18 more, U.S. residents were sent into a bioterrorism panic. Bioterrorism has actually been around for many centuries, but we keep finding new ways to combat it. See more »

  • How could someone steal a painting from a museum?
    How could someone steal a painting from a museum?

    With modern security, how can thieves walk out of a museum with millions of dollars worth of art? It usually just takes force and a little bravado. See more »

  • How Criminal Recycling Works
    How Criminal Recycling Works

    There's a growing band of lawbreakers in town tarnishing recycling's squeaky green reputation. Who are these criminals, and why are they desperate for copper? See more »

  • How Diamond Thieves Work
    How Diamond Thieves Work

    Diamond thieves can be clever criminals who orchestrate multimillion-dollar heists or small-time jewelers who switch the real thing for fakes. What makes stealing a diamond so attractive? See more »

  • How do you keep a safe house safe?
    How do you keep a safe house safe?

    Maybe you're an escaped criminal or an undercover spy. You're someone who needs to stay under the radar. What you need is a safe house. See more »

  • How Firearm Background Checks Work
    How Firearm Background Checks Work

    The Brady bill of 1993 established mandatory background checks for firearms purchases. But that only applies to Federal Firearms Licensees, not to private sellers. What's involved in a background check – and would expanding them lessen gun crime? See more »

  • How Human Trafficking Works
    How Human Trafficking Works

    If Abraham Lincoln ended slavery in the United States, why is so much money still being made to sell others into bondage? Here, we'll examine how human trafficking works. See more »

  • How Lethal Injection Works
    How Lethal Injection Works

    Since 1982, more than 1,000 U.S. prisoners have been executed by lethal injection, according to Amnesty International. What happens during those last hours? See more »

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