Mentally ill abused, neglected inside Minnesota treatment center

KSTP investigated dangerous conditions at Minnesota’s largest mental health hospital, which is currently understaffed, under a federal review, and being threatened with a loss of funding, unless conditions improve. Through interviews with current and former employees, and a review of state records, KSTP exposed a pattern of abuse and neglect, and a state government lacking…

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Analysis of fatal police shootings in Georgia casts doubt on officials’ claims

Nearly half of the 184 people fatally shot by police in Georgia since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The findings cast doubt on claims by officials that the use of deadly force in each case was justified. Other findings…

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Bartered sex, corruption and cover-ups behind bars in nation’s largest women’s prison

Records and interviews indicate a pattern of physical, mental and sexual abuse at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution, the largest women’s prison in the country. The Miami Herald interviewed more than 30 inmates and reviewed hundreds of pages of records to investigate the allegations. Inmates say the they’ve been forced to have sex with corrections officers.…

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Deaths raise questions about the risk of excessive or improper deployment of Tasers

At least 48 people in the United States have died this year after police deployed a Taser, the Washington Post found. “The link between the use of Tasers and the 48 deaths this year is unclear,” the Post wrote. Still, using police, court and autopsy records, the paper learned than more than half of the…

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Families struggle with Ohio’s mental-health-care system

Like cancer in the 1960s and AIDS in the 1980s, suicide is a public-health crisis — one whose victims largely have been ignored by lawmakers, medical professionals and much of the public. It is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and claims three Ohioans every day. The Columbus Dispatch spent nine…

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After $100 million in budget cuts, violence is on the rise in Florida’s mental hospitals

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found that violent attacks at Florida’s six largest mental hospitals have doubled since 2009. Nearly 1,000 patients hurt themselves or someone else. At least 15 people died. Reporters spent more than a year talking to patients and their relatives; examining police, government and hospital…

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How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks

An investigation by the Washington Post into the unregulated world of structured settlements revealed an industry profiting on the poor and disabled. The story focuses on loopholes in Baltimore and highlights one company – Access Funding. Since 2013, the company has filed nearly 200 structured settlement purchases in Maryland. A large chunk of those cases…

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Police fatally shot 123 people with signs of mental illness in the first six months of 2015

Police this year have shot and killed 123 people in the midst of a mental or emotional crisis, according to an investigation by the Washington Post. An analysis by the paper found that police have shot to death 461 people in the first half of the year. Among their findings: The vast majority were armed, but…

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300,000 Oregonians depend on an addiction treatment system that’s broken

More than 300,000 people go untreated for alcohol or drug abuse in a state that has little knowledge about the effectiveness of its treatment clinics, The Oregonian found. The paper spent months reviewing government records and interviewing officials and recovering addicts in Oregon. It found that while treatment clinics frequently report patient statistics to the…

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Some non-profit mental health providers spend heavily on administrative costs despite service cuts

Despite a decline in public funding, many non-profit mental health agencies have continued to hand out six-figure salaries and bonus-and-incentive packages. The Arizona Republic reviewed financial records for 28 non-profit mental health providers and their clients and found that administrative costs at these underfunded agencies have climbed while services dwindle. Families said they have been…

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