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  • Child Abuser

    When we got a call from a distraught family member telling us that a Navy officer had been found by a city agency to have sexually abused two of his children, but the Navy looked the other way, it seemed unlikely. When the family member told us that the officer's wife had been fined $5,000 and held in contempt of court for trying to call attention to the matter, we assumed the caller had to be mistaken. It took more than six months of reporting to nail down those troubling facts. In the meantime, the mother and children became homeless. Since the story ran, there has been an outpouring of money and a criminal investigation has been opened.

    Tags: Sexual abuse; Navy; homelessness

    By Bill Sizemore

    Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk

    2013

  • The Shield

    The Shield is a two-part feature about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability in the Houston police department. Part one, "Crimes Unpunished," shows how a lax and labyrinthine discipline system keeps negligent cops on the street. Part two, "The Horror Every Day," focuses on police beatings and shootings in Houston and the rarity with which they're punished. Both sections combine extensive data analysis with detailed victim and police interviews. After publication, local and national media picked up the story and pressure on the department to reform continues to grow.

    Tags: Police abuse; Houston; Shootings

    By Emily DePrang

    Texas Observer (Austin, Texas)

    2013

  • Faces of Failure

    More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect than at any time in the past 30 years. The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ partnered to take a closer look at the circumstances of those children who are dying. We found that not only are more children dying, but more are dying even after Illinois’ child welfare department had investigated the family for abuse or neglect in the past year.

    Tags: Illinois; children; Chicago Sun-Times; WBEZ; print; radio; child welfare department; Department of Children and Family Services; data set; Chicago Police Department

    By Tony Arnold; Chris Fusco; Monifa Thomas; Patrick Smith

    WBEZ Radio (Chicago)

    2013

  • Chronic Condition

    Parkland Memorial Hospital is one of the largest public hospitals in the nation and the safety net for thousands of poor and minority patients in North Texas. But a multiyear investigation by The Dallas Morning News revealed systemic patient harm and prompted a federal crackdown that threatened to close Parkland.

    Tags: Parkland Memorial Hospital; public hospitals; North Texas; federal crackdown; public records; financial data; sexual abuse

    By Brooks Egerton; Miles Moffeit; Reese Dunklin

    Dallas Morning News

    2013

  • Private Prisons

    The Palm Beach Post uncovered a little-understood aspect of Florida’s criminal justice system running roughshod over taxpayers and inmates alike. Against a backdrop of state-approved secrecy, documents detailing security lapses and basic prison operations were routinely hidden from public view.

    Tags: Florida; criminal justice system; prison; taxpayers; inmates; human rights abuses; nonprofit; politcis

    By Pat Beall

    Palm Beach Post

    2013

  • Corruption at Juvenile Prisons

    Chris Kirkham exposes the corruption at juvenile for-profit prisons, boot camps and detention centers. From condoning abuse of inmates to neglect to corruption we'll hear firsthand stories from those on the inside.

    Tags: private prison company; Youth Services International; Florida; Mississippi;

    By Chris Kirkham

    Huffington Post

    2013

  • Prisoners of Profit

    HuffPost Business reporter Chris Kirkham exposes the corruption at juvenile for-profit prisons, boot camps and detention centers. From condoning abuse of inmates to neglect to corruption, Kirkham uncovers firsthand stories from those on the inside.

    Tags: juvenile justice system; prisons; juvenile prisons; corruption

    By Chris Kirkhan; Andrei Scheinkman

    Huffington Post

    2013

  • Newark Archdiocese priest scandals

    More than a decade after the nation's Roman Catholic bishops pledged at a landmark gathering in Dallas to remove sexually abusive priests and to usher in a new era of transparency, The Star-Ledger found the promise rings hollow in the Archdiocese of Newark. Over seven months, Star-Ledger reporter Mark Mueller wrote more than two dozen front-page stories showing how Archbishop John J. Myers, and to a lesser extent Trenton Bishop David O'Connell, mishandled abusive priests. The coverage led to national headlines and decisive action, including the appointment of a co-archbishop in Newark, the sacking of the vicar general (second in command of the archdiocese), the arrest of a priest, the suspension of another and the reassignment of three pastors.

    Tags: priests; church; religion; abuse

    By Mark Mueller

    Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

    2013

  • Abuse in G4S' prison exposed in South Africa

    Global security firm G4S runs a prison for profit in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I work for the Wits Justice Project, a collective of investigative journalists who research the criminal justice system. I visited the prison for the first time in September 2012 and talked to some of the inmates who had written to us. Their tales were worrying; they complained about the ‘Ninjas’; the Emergency Security Team (EST), a group of about eight armed men who are called to emergency situations. They are supposed to use minimum force, but according to the prisoners, they went completely overboard. They would take prisoners to the single cell unit, strip them naked, pour water over them and electroshock them with the electronically charged shields they carry with them. Also, the inmates told me how they would be injected forcibly with anti-psychotic drugs, while some of them did not suffer from any mental illness. In addition, they spoke to me about very lengthy isolation, some were placed in isolation cells for up to three years, I spoke to approximately 70 inmates and 25 warders over a period of a year, but these three sources were most crucial: The general. One of the inmates, a general in one of the infamous prison gangs, supplied with me dossiers and names of inmates who had been electroshocked, forcibly injected or placed in isolation for unlawful periods (up to 3 years). The deep throat. A government official who had worked at the prison was very concerned and had written a report in 2009 listing 62 inmates who had been placed in isolation up to 3 years, some of whom had been denied life saving TB and HIV medication. he also compared the prison to Guantanamo bay and mentioned excessive electroshocking The freedom fighter. A warder and informal labour union leader was very helpful in providing an entry with other warders and he leaked interesting information. An anonymous source eventually provided the smoking gun: video and audio footage of a forced injection and audio of electro shocking. I wrote three main stories about the prison and chose to publish in South Africa as well as in the UK, as G4S is head quartered there. I wrote pieces for the South African Citypress and the Mail and Guardian, simultaneously running a story in the British Guardian. When I finally broke the big story on the electroshocks and the forced injections, I also worked closely with the BBC and the South African investigative tv programme Carte Blanche, I provided them access to the results of my year-long research and they produced tv items that were broadcast at the same time as my stories ran in the newspapers. This in turn led to a worldwide coverage of the issue.

    Tags: international; south africa; prisons; abuse

    By Ruth Hopkins

    WITS Journalism

    2013

  • Fragile Lives, Needless Deaths

    We found that scores of developmentally disabled people in the state's care had died in recent years from abuse, neglect or medical error - from bathtub scaldings to chokings to ignored illnesses. Although the state keeps secret the identity of those who die under their oversight, we were able to identify nearly every victim and told many of their stories, giving a name and a fact to an often-ignored population.

    Tags: abuse; neglect; developmentally disabled

    By Josh Kover; Matthew Kauffman; Dave Altimari

    The Hartford Courant

    2013