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  • Toxic Safety

    A child’s car seat is the only consumer product that is required by law in all 50 states and it is crucial to keep a child safe in the car. However, this investigation revealed false advertising, legal loopholes and outdated federal regulations are exposing millions of children to concerning, even known-cancer-causing chemicals, in their car seats with no apparent safety benefit. Over the course of a year, KPIX lit car seats on fire, commissioned lab tests on car seats and the kids who use them, searched public records, mined social media, analyzed national car fire data and interviewed experts from every applicable industry. The resulting series sparked action by lawmakers, industry groups, consumer advocates, federal regulators and car seat
  • State Integrity Investigation 2015

    The State Integrity Investigation 2015 is a data-driven examination of state government accountability, transparency and anti-corruption measures and a complete re-do for an unprecedented project first published in 2012. The investigation—a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity—resulted in a graded report card for each state, a ranking of the states and a package of more than 50 articles telling the stories behind the scores and highlighting national trends. Experienced journalists were hired in each state to research and answer 245 “integrity indicators,” on which the report cards are based, and to write short feature articles about their states.
  • Incredible Cops

    This three-part series -- part of WNYC's ongoing NYPD Bruised project -- examined how often NYPD officers lie, what the department does about it and the overall impact on the criminal justice system. WNYC identified more than 120 officers with a documented credibility issue in the past decade. Many stayed on the street where they continued to make arrests. Their word -- in sworn statements -- put people in prison. Defendants often never learn if the officer accusing them of a crime has a history of lying despite a constitutional right to such information. WNYC also found the NYPD and prosecutors have failed to make simple fixes to address the problem. As part of the series, WNYC produced a first-of-its-kind map and chart showing the laws and court precedents governing disclosure of police disciplinary records in all 50 states. http://www.wnyc.org/story/police-misconduct-records/
  • Seafood From Slaves

    The Associated Press team uncovered a slave island and relentlessly exposed horrific labor abuses in Thailand's $7 billion annual seafood export industry. During their year-long investigation, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan tied seafood caught and processed by trapped workers to the supply chains of almost every major U.S. retailer including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sysco and Nestle. The reporters used images from space to track down runaway slave ships in Papua New Guinea and dug up loopholes in federal law allowing imports to continue unchecked. When Thailand¹s government said the abuses all occur in foreign territory, the journalists focused on factories just outside its capital, Bangkok where they found children and poor migrants locked inside and forced to peel shrimp. Tapping AP colleagues in all 50 states and eight countries, they documented how those seafood supply chains spread around the world. http://interactives.ap.org/2015/seafood-from-slaves/?START=freedom https://vimeo.com/151181618 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IeJOnCQlj0&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgYgAVQG5lk&feature=youtu.be
  • Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulation

    This piece explores the incredible impact a single, little-known lobbying organization has had on homeschooling regulations across all 50 states. Using brutal lobbying tactics, the Home School Legal Defense Association has been able to successfully roll back existing laws and intimidate lawmakers into withdrawing any attempt at additional regulations. The result is a largely toothless patchwork of laws, which many fear has resulted in unchecked child abuse and poor education.
  • Waiting for Disaster

    A relentless WXYZ-TV investigation is credited for prompting major proposed reforms to Michigan’s mental health code; measures that probate judges say will save lives and drastically improve care for the state’s most vulnerable. The ongoing series documented an underfunded, disjointed and sometimes inhumane state mental health system that, in 2014, was rated 41st out of 50 states. In 9 separate reports, WXYZ’s relentless series documented the plight of men, women and children struggling with a mental illness who received meager care from the state. Through its reporting, WXYZ prompted the Governor’s office to form a special task force designed to change Michigan law and provide more meaningful care for the mentally ill.
  • Failing Heads

    An investigative series by online and local television affiliates into mounting complaints and evidence that a highway safety device produced by a Dallas-based company and sold in all 50 states and 60 countries was failing with catastrophic results, causing severe injuries, amputations and deaths on the highway that were otherwise avoidable. The investigation uncovered that not only did Trinity Industries, know from state officials, industry whistleblowers, and engineers that the device was prone to failing, they conspired with regulatory officials at the Federal Highway Administration to cover it up.
  • Justice Obscured

    In its nine-month investigation, "Justice Obscured," the Center for Public Integrity evaluated the disclosure rules for judges in the highest state courts nationwide. The level of disclosure in the 50 states and the District of Columbia was poor, with 43 receiving failing grades, making it difficult for the public to identify potential conflicts of interest on the bench.
  • CPI-GI-PRI-INN: State Integrity Investigation

    The State Integrity Investigation was an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all 50 states, which resulted in a ranking of the 50 states, accompanied by both an overall letter grade and numerical scored for each state. Unlike previous government rankings, the State Integrity Investigation did not rely on a simple tally of scandals. Instead, it measured the strength of laws and practices that are supposed to encourage openness and deter corruption. Reporters researched 330 of these “Integrity Indicators” across 14 categories of state government. In the more than nine months since it was published, the State Integrity Investigation has been quoted, praised, assailed or otherwise cited by literally hundreds of news outlets. Clearly the idea of measuring accountability and transparency in state government has touched a reformist nerve – and our package is continuing to resonate all across the country.
  • State Integrity Investigation

    The data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all 50 states resulted in a ranking if the 50 states, accompanied by both an overall letter gade and numerical score for each state. It measured the strength of laws and practices that are supposed to encourage openness and deter corruption.