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  • Racial Arrest Breakdown

    The investigation used jail booking data to track the race and gender of every person charged with “Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana” in Greenville County over a period of several years. Then they used court records and law enforcement FOIAs to track the location of each arrest. Finally they used census data to understand the demographic composition of each neighborhood in the county. When they were finished, they’d found that black people were arrested for PWID at a far higher rate than white people, neighborhoods with the most black people saw far more arrests, and the rate of black people charged was disproportionate with the demographics in each area. They further established that black and white people use and sell the drug at similar rates meaning the discrepancy with arrests was due to differences in enforcement policy.
  • Lost Voters

    This investigation reveals how Florida's new, $23 million computer-driven voter registration system actually disenfranchised more than 65,000 would be voters. The story documented how these voters were "lost" by the state, quantified who they were and told their stories.
  • Leaving to Learn: DPS' Enrollment Gap

    The reporters used data from Denver Public Schools, the US Census Bureau, and the Piton Foundation of Denver to determine where Denver's school age children were going to school. Their analysis found that nearly a quarter of Denver's children do not go to public schools, and that many students from certain areas of the city are attending suburban schools instead of city schools.
  • Missed Signals; Killed by the Cops

    This project, a collaboration between the Chicago Reporter and ColorLines, analyzed fatal police shootings among America's ten largest cities. The investigation found that African Americans were overrepresented among police shooting victims, and Latinos are also frequent victims.
  • Mormons in Utah: the Shrinking Majority

    This series of seven stories showed that the Mormon Church is not the fastest growing religion worldwide, as it claims. In fact, active church membership is about a third of what the official numbers are. Traditionally Mormon majority counties in Utah are losing their majority status. And stricter criteria for missionaries have reduced their numbers and converts worldwide.
  • More grads booking a path to college; Interest in military rises at Fayette high school

    These articles are an analysis of what Pennsylvania's graduating high school seniors plan to do after graduating. It shows that more students plan on going to college than five years ago. The story also reveals that interest in joining the military is up in certain places. Cholodofsky also analyzes the data geographically, to show how students from regions around the state differ in their post-graduation plans.
  • Majority rules state's politics

    This ongoing series of stories, based on the 1990 census, examines the changing demographics in California. Among the findings: Few of California's elected leaders are minorities despite a rising minority population; San Fernando now has a Hispanic majority; Hispanics are becoming more active in politics; the population of children and the elderly is booming in Sacramento; rural areas are growing; home prices are changing the nature of neighborhoods; more people who get divorced stay divorced; and women constitute the majority in the state.
  • New pluralism emerges in state

    This two-day series by Lewis based on newly released Census figures examines the fact that four of California's five largest cities no longer have an ethnic majority. Pluralities of whites, Hispanics, Asians and blacks have replaced majorities. A sidebar by Hazle discusses the expected increase in political clout for Hispanics and Asians. A sidebar by Johnson describes the complaints of an advocacy group that says despite Asian Americans being the state's fastest growing group, public services have failed to accommodate them.
  • The nine states of Oregon

    This report explores how long-term economic forces in Oregon are redrawing the state map, resulting in political gridlock and conflicting views on how best to compete in the global economy. By analyzing a database they created using statistics from the Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state Employment Data, the team from the Oregonian outlined nine distinctive regions in the state. Coupled with extensive interviews from people, the information showed how each of these regions exhibits its owns values, economic approach and political outlook.
  • Still separate, unequal: Most of Illinois' black students remain in segregated, inferior schools

    Fifty years after the Brown vs. Board of Education court decision promised better schools for black children, this Tribune investigation found that most black children in Illinois still are relegated to segregated and inferior schools. The Tribune analyzed test scores, student demographics and teaching and learning data at about 4,000 schools to reveal a number of trends. For instance, schools with a majority of black students have larger class sizes, fewer fully certified teachers and more instances of being on the state's academic watch list.