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Extra Extra Monday: Investigations highlight problems at homeless shelters, group homes, jails

Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t | The New York Times

A New York Times examination of the case, based in part on hundreds of pages of disciplinary proceedings — usually confidential under federal privacy laws — offers a rare look inside one school’s adjudication of a rape complaint amid a roiling national debate over how best to stop sexual assaults on campuses.

Whatever precisely happened that September night, the internal records, along with interviews with students, sexual-assault experts and college officials, depict a school ill prepared to evaluate an allegation so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence. As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused.

 

Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail | The New York Times

Brutal attacks by correction officers on inmates — particularly those with mental health issues — are common occurrences inside Rikers, the country’s second-largest jail, a four-month investigation by The New York Times found.

Reports of such abuses have seldom reached the outside world, even as alarm has grown this year over conditions at the sprawling jail complex. A dearth of whistle-blowers, coupled with the reluctance of the city’s Department of Correction to acknowledge the problem and the fact that guards are rarely punished, has kept the full extent of the violence hidden from public view.

 

D.C. family homeless shelter beset by dysfunction, decay | The Washington Post

The D.C. General emergency shelter is supposed to be a cleaner place to stay than an alley, but records show that a young girl woke up with so many insect bites on her legs and her bottom that she had to be taken to the hospital.

It is supposed to be safer than a crime-ridden street corner, but a log shows that shelter officials were told that two teens pinned a 9-year-old to the floor of a bathroom and one urinated in the boy’s mouth.

 

Sudden infant death: Agency-linked babies more at risk | New England Center for Investigative Reporting

Children in homes supervised by state social workers die suddenly and unexpectedly at least twice the rate of infants statewide, according to an analysis of the most recent available data by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. That suggests to child welfare advocates that more should be done to educate caretakers of some of the state’s most vulnerable children about how to minimize the risk of sudden death.

 

Group home for disabled children struggled to provide adequate care | The Baltimore Sun

The recent death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child at an Anne Arundel County group home was just the latest in a series of problems at LifeLine, the state contractor that has been paid millions in taxpayer funds to care for “medically fragile” individuals, a two-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found.

 

Hit-and-Run Sentencing Can Depend on Jurisdiction, Analysis Finds | Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Location can make a difference in sentencing for hit-and-run motorists who leave injured victims behind, according to an analysis by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News into what some are calling Colorado’s ongoing hit-and-run epidemic.

The analysis, part of an ongoing collaboration between I-News and 9News, looked at sentences imposed by large Front Range judicial districts between 2009 and 2013 for the felony charge of hit-and-run resulting in serious injury.

 

Central Alabama VA lost 900 patient X-rays since 2009 | Montgomery Advertiser

At least 900 unread patient X-rays taken at Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System facilities since 2009 had been lost until recently, and top administrators who knew about the problem tried to cover it up, according to documents obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser.

 

Secretive system keeps parole-eligible inmates behind bars | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

About 400 minimum security inmates are eligible for parole but remain in prison. The taxpayer cost to keep them there is more than $15 million a year — part of a skyrocketing corrections budget that now surpasses that of the University of Wisconsin System.

A secretive system that robs the parole board of its power is to blame.

 

Illinois leads Medicare billings for group therapy | ProPublica

Illinois doctors are still billing the federal Medicare program for large numbers of the same services, a ProPublica analysis of federal data shows.

Medicare paid Illinois providers for more than 290,000 group psychotherapy sessions in 2012 — more than twice as many sessions as were reimbursed to providers in New York, the state with the second-highest total.

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