Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP

Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no type of school is immune. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press…

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Kids are driving Pinellas County’s car-theft epidemic

In a data-driven explanatory series by the Tampa Bay Times, reporters found that more kids are arrested for juvenile car theft in sleepy, beachfront Pinellas County, Fla. than virtually anywhere else in America. Yet cops are powerless to stop this underestimated, dangerous crime. Kids are driving 100 miles per hour the wrong way down highways.…

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Howard University Hospital Shows Symptoms of a Severe Crisis

Over the last 10 years, the once grand facility that trained some of the country’s best physicians and was the go-to hospital for Washington, DC’s middle-class black patients, has been beset by financial troubles, empty beds, accreditation issues and the loss of respected doctors and administrators.  A further examination by The Washington Post has found…

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Pretrial diversion offers defendants a second chance – if they can pay

Pretrial diversion is designed to alleviate crowded courts and jails, and help low-risk defendants avoid the damaging consequences that come with a criminal record. But an investigation by The New York Times found that diversion programs vary widely from state to state and that second chances are often only granted to those who can afford…

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Designed for fairness, Florida’s sentencing system fails to account for prejudice

“Bias on the Bench,” a yearlong investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, found that judges across Florida sentence black defendants to longer punishment than whites, even when they committed the same crimes under almost identical circumstances. The four-part series shows that racial inequalities in criminal sentencing are rampant throughout Florida. Blacks are found guilty more often…

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Police pursuits lead to a shocking number of deaths every year

In 2014, four police pursuits ended in four separate deaths: a 75-year-old Navy veteran, a 42-year-old nursing assistant, a grandmother, and a speeding motorcyclist. All four chases happened within four miles of one another. And all shared one other characteristic: Everyone killed was black. A first-of-its-kind investigation by USA TODAY revealed that, on average, 90…

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Amazon’s same-day delivery excludes some predominantly black ZIP codes

Amazon offers same-day delivery service in 27 metro areas, but data analysis by Bloomberg found that some minority neighborhoods don’t have the same access as their predominately white neighbors. Bloomberg compared Amazon same-day delivery areas with U.S. Census Bureau data and found that in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, black citizens are about half as…

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Women and minorities in Texas government make less than white men — and the gap is growing

Data analysis by The Dallas Morning News found that, for a decade, the wage gap has been growing. Women and minorities working for the state of Texas make less money than their white, male counterparts in similar jobs. Women earn 2 cents less on the dollar today than they did in 2006, the paper found.…

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NYPD can kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime

The use of a nuisance abatement law established in the 1970s has expanded drastically in recent decades, forcing many New York City residents from their homes without warning. The law was intended to give officials the authority to shutter places it believes are being used for illegal activity. The New York Daily News, in partnership…

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Despite mandate, traffic-stop race data remain elusive in Vermont

Limited studies in Vermont have documented black and Hispanic drivers being stopped and searched by police at higher rates than whites. In an effort to measure the extent of racial profiling in this mostly white, ostensibly progressive state, lawmakers in 2014 required all police to record the race of drivers they pull over. An investigation…

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