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Extra Extra Monday: Accident reports, deportations and school finances

Jail Crunch | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

OCCRP reporters filed freedom of information requests to prison authorities across Eastern Europe. The interactive visualization is a compilation of the data received from each prison authority, organized to demonstrate similarities and differences between prison demographics and crime categories across the region.

OCCRP journalists conducted dozens of interviews with convicted criminals throughout Eastern Europe. The videos are an extension of the Jail Crunch visualization and provide a personal window into how crime works in the region.


Drivers pay for accident reports | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A private company that sells vehicle accident reports for $11 each to Georgians is making roughly $1 million a year off information that can by law be made available to drivers for less than a dollar.

Each day, police officers statewide direct hundreds of drivers involved in wrecks to a website, Buycrash.com, that belongs to a Kentucky company, Appriss Inc. The officers don’t tell motorists they can get the accident reports, needed for insurance and legal purposes, from local police agencies at little or no cost. Nor is the public likely aware that the addresses and driver’s license numbers included in the reports — personal information that could be valuable to identity thieves — is left largely unprotected.


More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show | The New York Times

With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.”

But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show.


Portsmouth schools keep stashing cash after warning | The Virginian-Pilot

In a highly unusual move a little more than a year ago, a special grand jury declared that Portsmouth school officials had violated state law by holding on to tens of millions in year-end surplus dollars that should have been returned to the city.

Yet six times since the financial maneuvers were first challenged by city officials, school officials have handled money – or attempted to – in ways that two experts on government accounting, interviewed by The Virginian-Pilot, deemed questionable or inappropriate.


Lakeland practices come under fire from experts | News-Leader (Springfield, Mo.)

The News-Leader raised questions then about Lakeland Behavioral Health System and posed more questions when more runaways were reported. The paper found a report that says Lakeland failed to follow Medicaid rules by repeatedly using antipsychotic drugs to restrain children.


Some injured animals possibly go without vet care at Vermilion Parish animal control | KATC – Lafayette, La.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility of criminal wrongdoing at the parish animal control center, based on issues brought to light in a KATC investigation.

The station’s investigative team reviewed hundreds of documents and records and found that nearly 300 animals last year were killed earlier than parish ordinance requires, some even being killed the same day.


Google scans of student emails reboot privacy concerns | Orange County Register

Every day, thousands of Orange County students log in to their school-assigned Google accounts to work on lessons and send emails to teachers and classmates.

What many parents and teachers don’t know is that Google is scanning and indexing every email that those students send and receive.

The company recently disclosed how it processes the students’ emails on its computer servers in documents its lawyers filed to fight a privacy lawsuit pending in federal court in Northern California.


State audit finds felons wrongly voted in 2010 election | The Baltimore Sun

Though felons are prohibited from voting in Maryland, 15 of them cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a recently released audit.

The finding in an Office of Legislative Audits' report criticized the State Board of Elections, saying the agency "did not have an effective process to ensure that individuals serving a sentence for a felony

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