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  • 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

  • Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?

    “Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?” identifies the shortage of affordable and pro bono legal services in Santa Barbara County and the impact that shortage has on society’s most vulnerable segments such as the homeless and working poor, especially in dealing with civil rights abuses, law enforcement issues, domestic violence, evictions and other legal issues that compound into bigger problems without accessible legal help. The story found that only about one-third of the legal needs of the county’s poor (14 percent of the county’s population lives under the poverty line) were being met. Although the California State Bar recommends that firms provide 50 hours of pro bono work a year, lawyers in the area admitted “there’s never been a culture of pro bono” in the area, and the firms that do participate are more likely to work with non-profits than poor individuals. An investigation revealed a glaring deficit in pro bono and affordable legal care in a town with more than its fair share of nonprofits and foundations dedicated to social issue

    Tags: homelessness; pro bono; law; poverty

    By Karen Pelland, Joe Donnelly

    Mission and State

    2013

  • Sacred Monsters

    This story delves into the history of clergy sex abuse at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, revealing the disturbing history of the city as not only a place where abuse ran rampant, but to where Catholic Church officials would stash problem priests. Along the way, we get a better sense of the mindset of Cardinal Roger Mahony and his right-hand man, Bishop Thomas Curry of Santa Barbara, as they concern themselves more with damage control and cover-up than restitution. The presentation includes three compelling videos, including a gripping interview with Ferricano, a St. Anthony’s Seminary survivor, as well as interviews with A. W. Richard Sipe, an expert on the church, sex and celibacy; and with Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.com, which aggregates documents and articles related to the worldwide Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal. We also published an interactive timeline in which readers could see important dates in this history of abuse in Santa Barbara. The timeline includes links to documents, photos and other materials that help tell the story.

    Tags: sexual abuse; clergy; church

    By Joe Donnelly

    Mission and State

    2013

  • Troubled Teens: At Risk and Overlooked

    Some of Arizona’s most severely troubled youth were sexually abused at facilities that were supposed to heal their addiction and behavioral problems, an Arizona Republic investigation found. In some cases, the sexual and physical abuse came from adult staff members, amid lax oversight from state regulators. The series found that Arizona authorities had taken little action regarding the problems at the treatment centers, and had no standards to measure whether the treatment the clients received was effective, despite pouring millions of tax dollars into the facilities.

    Tags: sexual abuse; youth; physical abuse; abuse

    By Rob O'Dell; Craig Harris

    Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

    2013

  • Tulane Legislative Scholarships

    Under a 120-year old deal with state lawmakers, Tulane University allows each of the Louisiana's 144 legislators to award one full scholarship to Tulane every year in exchange for tax breaks. Abuses of the program were first exposed 20 years ago by WWL-TV (including that the mayor of New Orleans had given his own son a scholarship), leading to supposed reforms. But in a joint investigation with the New Orleans Advocate, our research revealed scholarships based on insider connections, favoritism and campaign contributions. We found that many scholarships don't go to the most needy or best qualified, but to the children of the powerful and the connected. In six televised reports and seven accompanying front page articles in the New Orleans Advocate, as well as on the web sites of both media outlets, we exposed the new problems which have already led to one state lawmaker calling for more major reforms to the scholarship program.

    Tags: scholarship; broadcast; higher education; tax breaks

    By Mike Perlstein, WWL-TV; Gordon Russell, The New Orleans Advocate

    WWL-TV (New Orleans)

    2013

  • WTAE Investigates Elder Abuse

    Our series of reports examined the under-reported problem of elder abuse and helped prompt a new policy to track cases. With the help of a viewer who shared his video evidence, we first aired a cell phone clip that showed elder abuse inside a local diner and sparked a county Department of Human Services investigation. Our stories revealed the legal complexity in handling elder abuse cases and the importance of a uniform state-wide system. Our stories stressed the need for state and local agencies to close the loophole among police, the Department of Human Services and the courts.

    Tags: elder abuse

    By Bofta Yimam; Michael Lazorko; Andy Cunningham; Kendall Cross; Kris Pursel

    WTAE-TV (Pittsburgh)

    2013