Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America

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…

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Hate in Maryland: From racist taunts to swastikas to a campus stabbing, bias reports up sharply in state

The Baltimore Sun found that reports of hate crimes are on the rise in Maryland after a review of hundreds of pages of documents. Hate crimes increased 35% since 2016, the paper found, and rose to a pace of more than one report per day.  The statewide increase echoes a national trend. And while authorities…

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Constable spent more than $70k in county funds

A Las Vegas Review-Journal investigation looked into spending by a Henderson Constable and found that he had written himself more than $70,000 in checks from county funds over the past two years. The investigation prompted Clark County to audit the constable’s funds, and prompted the district attorney’s office to initiate a criminal inquiry.

Warrants approved in just minutes: Are Utah judges really reading them before signing off?

An investigation by The Salt Lake Tribune looked at submission and approval times for every warrant issued in Utah in a one-year period. They found 24 were approved in under a minute, and many were approved in around two minutes. Reporters analyzed all warrants approved in March 2017 and created a database to better understand…

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How rape stays hidden in Oklahoma

In a five-part series, The Frontier details Oklahoma’s hidden war-within-a-war against rape and sexual assault, as local and state entities vie for the same limited funding and resources, offering only piecemeal protection. From 2011 to 2016, Oklahoma experienced an all-time-high 46 percent increase in reported rapes.  The series highlights the pleas of survivors fighting for…

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Inmate deaths reveal “torturous” use of Tasers

In ‘The Prisoners,’ published this week, Reuters documented 104 deaths of inmates behind bars after jailers stunned them with Tasers, often as part of a larger mosaic of force. Most inmates were stunned though video footage showed they were already immobilized, many in handcuffs.  The story and video package revealed abuses so severe UN watchdogs…

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Texas arrests have dropped, but more women than ever are being jailed

The number of Texas women awaiting trial in jail has jumped by 48 percent since 2011 while the number of men only increased by 11 percent. These numbers, as The Dallas Morning News found, don’t reflect any wider upward trend in Texas crime. In reality, women’s arrests have gone down by 20 percent and the…

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Probe uncovers $150M deal to detain immigrants in New Mexico

An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting into a New Mexico prison contractor unveiled an enormous for-profit operation that is contracted to make $150 million in five years by detaining immigrants. Although New Mexico is generally immigrant friendly and at times resists complying with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE,…

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