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  • WisconsINjustice

    This series examines the lack of accountability for Wisconsin judges, the isolation they work in and the consequences of that system. It demonstrates that justice in a given case depends largely not on the crime committed, but on the judge the case lands before. It includes about a dozen stories, many interactive databases and visualizations and several videos.
  • Youth prison chaos revealed

    A breaking news investigation that revealed a state-federal probe into allegations of abuse and mismanagement at a youth prison facility in northern Wisconsin and quickly identified many of the problems, including poor oversight by the state Department of Corrections.
  • Speaking up for Special Needs

    Investigation found an alarming number of children with disabilities in Wisconsin are dying from abuse or neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective service agencies. Our reporting found cases would be closed or not fully investigated when victims, who had disabilities, had a hard time communicating or couldn’t speak clearly. https://youtu.be/TOivj3kuc7c
  • Impact Zones

    We crunched three years worth of drunk driving crash data for southeast Wisconsin to find places that are magnets for drunk driving accidents. We pinpoint the specific stretches of roads where you are most likely to be hit by a drunk driver. Through the personal stories of people hurt by these drunk drivers, we look for the reasons why police in these communities deal with so many drunk drivers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3at4fs5y1Ng
  • ‘Banking On Failing:’ Opiate Addiction & The Insurance Struggle

    As Wisconsin’s heroin and opiate painkiller overdoses hit epidemic levels, desperate parents say the current insurance system, which they are depending on to help them save their addicted children's lives, is instead banking on their children's failure. https://vimeo.com/matthewsimonjournalist/review/146988583/89d839bc07 https://vimeo.com/matthewsimonjournalist/review/146988570/e9716e1e80
  • Dissecting a Bad Deal

    A Wisconsin State Journal investigation uncovered potential waste, fraud and corruption connected to a questionable state taxpayer loan to a struggling Milwaukee business owner. The investigation found Gov. Scott Walker's top cabinet secretary pushed for a loan to the business owner, a top Walker donor, who presented false information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which hastily bypassed the usual review process. It also found the business owner potentially committed fraud and illegally solicited campaign donations from employees. The story resulted in several changes to the agency, including the scrapping of its loan program, calls for a federal investigation and bipartisan legislation creating criminal penalties for defrauding the agency.
  • Candy Land: The Tomah VA

    The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin, was known as “Candy Land” by patients and staff members alike. Its chief of staff had earned the nickname “Candy Man” for liberally prescribing a powerful drug cocktail to veterans struggling with mental and physical pain. But Washington paid no attention until reporter Aaron Glantz sounded the alarm. Among his story’s more shocking revelations: Patients arrived for appointments so stoned that they nodded off during therapy sessions, and a 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran fatally overdosed on drugs prescribed to him inside the hospital’s psychiatric ward.
  • Death in the Ring

    After 24-year-old Dennis Munson Jr. of Milwaukee collapsed following his first amateur kickboxing match in March, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Diedrich got a tip and started digging into what happened. What he uncovered was a series of errors by fight officials in an unregulated bout. The ringside doctor, referee and coach in the corner all missed obvious signs that Munson was in serious trouble, according to a dozen independent experts who reviewed the fight video for the Journal Sentinel. The doctor was looking at his cell phone when he should have been monitoring the fighters. The corner man propped up Munson between rounds and slapped him in the face and was holding him by the neck and face just before he collapsed. And the referee did not intervene to assess Munson. Medical care was delayed over a disagreement on care and confusion about how to get out of the building. Emergency medical protocol was not followed. And then video of the fight, provided to police, was missing 32 seconds at a key time, just before Munson collapsed. The Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered more problems in unregulated kickboxing in Wisconsin. For instance, state regulators attended a match at a Harley-Davidson dealership — but only to oversee boxing events.
  • Lawmaker, lobbyist brother stymie oral chemotherapy bill

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discovered that leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature were using a parliamentary trick — a phantom public hearing that was never actually held — to block a vote on an overwhelmingly popular and bipartisan bill aimed at helping cancer patients afford ruinously expensive chemotherapy medications. The articles showed that leaders were not telling the truth when they said they were blocking the bill because the members of their caucuses didn’t support it.
  • Cruel and Unusual?

    In a five-month investigation, “Cruel and Unusual?,” the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Bill Lueders identified 40 alleged instances of physical or severe psychological abuse by guards at one state prison, Waupun Correctional Institution. All of the incidents allegedly involved prisoners in the so-called segregation unit. Two-thirds of them involved a single correctional officer.