Newsy, ProPublica and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide are using a little-known case designation that inflates the number of rape cases the departments appear to have solved. 

Based on data from 60 police agencies across the country, the newsrooms found that police are clearing rape cases with a category called “exceptional clearance,” which allows law enforcement to clear cases when they have enough evidence to make an arrest but can’t for reasons outside their control. Experts say the designation is meant to be used sparingly, but nearly half of the agencies that provided records to the news organizations cleared more rapes with exceptional clearance in 2016 than by actually making an arrest.

The newsrooms presented their findings in a series of videos, audio, a written story and an interactive graphic that is searchable by police department.