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  • The Daily News: Yellow School Bus Crisis

    This Daily News series dealt with yellow school buses and a crisis that included extensive delays, fraud in hiring bus staffers with criminal pasts, and how bus contracts were awarded.
  • Hospital Freeloader

    Our investigation started with a tip from an insider at an Ohio State University Hospital. Here’s what we uncovered: A homeless immigrant with an expired Green Card, and violent criminal past, making that hospital room his home for more than two years and counting. Our investigation learned Francis Kirton received kidney dialysis a few times a week. It’s an expensive out-patient procedure. We wanted to know why Kirton was allowed to literally live at the hospital, who picked up the tab, and why an immigrant with expired papers hasn’t been deported. Also, we wanted to know if there were other Francis Kirtons keeping house at Ohio hospitals. Getting answers to those questions was difficult. What we discovered was mind-boggling.
  • Digital Footprint & Sunshine Law

    Our investigation led to a politician's resignation and criminal charges using social network search engines, traditional online databases and open records requests to identify his criminal past and as many as seven females who were pictured in nude photos, harassed, stalked or suffered cyber identity theft.
  • Who's Watching Your Kids

    Several lifeguards hired by the City of Memphis to work its pools were convicted criminals. The city hadn't conducted pre-employment background checks on "temporary employees" prior to 2007.
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Subsidized

    Kansas City offers an array of tax breaks for housing developers. This story questions whether the city has been too eager to provide assistance. Incentives that have saved historic buildings and provided affordable apartments in the past are now applied to condominiums that cost $700,000. In the case of one luxury condominium, the city suspended property taxes despite the fact that taxes had fallen 73 percent in recent years. The story also describes instances in which a city agency granted incentives to a developer with a criminal past and to a "historic" building built in the 1970's.
  • Prison Zip Codes

    This investigation by WSMV looks at the trend of parolees, prisoners, their respective zip codes, and the continuous cycle of violence that occurs when they're released into the same environment. The trend shows that certain zip codes with hundreds of parolees also tend to have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Through their analysis, reporters at WSMV discovered that many of these parolees have no choice but to return to these high-crime neighborhoods with cheap housing due to their criminal past. "So when parolees return to these areas, they are exposed to crime again and get caught up in a cycle of violence."
  • DCF: Florida's Department of Children and Families

    Miami Herald reports on flaws in Florida's system that is supposed to protect vulnerable children. The main findings, according to the contest entry, are that more than 35 children died because caseworkers failed to promptly open and close abuse investigations that might have saved them; more than 100 children died, at least in part because caseworkers overlooked critical warning signs that their lives were in danger; many of the state welfare workers and foster parents had criminal pasts and felony records.
  • Pros or Cons?

    WMAQ, in a joint project with the Daily Herald, investigates a secret ring of convicted felons who work at telemarketing companies and solicit funds for injured police officers and fire fighters. The report revealed that the criminals deceived people in donating money and then kept most of the donations. The investigation resulted in Illinois' Attorney General suing three telemarketing companies, their owners and the workers with criminal past. The reporters obtained many of the documents for the story by digging through the garbage of the telemarketing companies. The file includes transcript and clips from the investigation in the Daily Herald.
  • The Drug War Series

    The series focused on the execution and impact of the so-called drug war on Chicago's minority communities. Specifically, the stories examined racial disparities in drug sentencing, drug arrests and the number of ex-drug offenders returning to Chicago communities. The Chicago Reporter found that blacks and Latinos were more often sentenced to prison than whites for the same drug crimes, even when they appeared to have similar criminal pasts.
  • Two lives. One Bullet. No Justice.

    The Daily Press reports "Ricky was a 15-year-old learning-disabled boy in the hands of skilled interrogators. His confession, which he immediately recanted, was made under pressure and without his father present. Prosecutors were so certain that only the guilty confess, they ignored eyewitnesses, evidence and a defense attorney with addiction problems that were well-know to the court. Everyone ignored a videotape in which the alleged victim admits he shot himself, then laughs about it. Everyone also ignored the alleged victim's psychiatric and criminal past, which at the time included two suicide attempts and more than 20 criminal charges."