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  • Star Tribune: Denied Justice

    “Denied Justice” documented widespread failings in how Minnesota’s criminal justice system investigated and prosecuted sexual assault cases, depriving victims of justice, endangering the public and allowing rapists to go unpunished.
  • Prosecuting Pregnancy

    The criminalization of drug use in pregnancy is universally opposed by health officials and drug policy experts. But the idea that prison is a fitting punishment for prenatal drug use has become widely accepted in Alabama. Starting in 2006, prosecutors began charging women who used drugs during pregnancy with “chemical endangerment,” a form of child abuse that carries a one to 10-year prison sentence if a baby is unharmed and up to 99 years if a baby dies.
  • Hospice Inc.

    Hospice, a specialty health service for dying people, has transformed over the past decade from its nonprofit roots into a booming industry dominated by for-profit players. HuffPost’s investigation reveals how some hospices are endangering patients in the drive for revenue, keeping them on a service specially-designed for dying people, sometimes against doctors orders, and subjecting them to treatment they and their families don’t want.
  • 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.
  • Bury Your Mistakes

    In 2003, "a string of blunders by Philadelphia's child welfare system were blamed for failing to prevent the torture-murder of a toddler." In 2006, the Inquirer reported that "young children are still regularly abused to death under the supervision of the Department of Human Services." The department had failed to act on recommendations it had solicited after the 2003 incident, and "at least 25 children have died of abuse or neglect after their families had come to the attention of DHS, including 10 in 2005." Yet the reviews of these cases are secret, and as one expert said, this allows child welfare officials to "Bury Their Mistakes." Three cases were looked at for the Inquirer's investigation: two-year-old Alayiah Turmen, "pummled to death after she interrupted a video game," 11-week-old Marrieon Currie, "who was doused in hot water and thrown down stairs," and 2-year-old Bryanna Redmond, "who died froma punch that split her spine."
  • Target 12 Child Watch: Uncovering Daycare Violations

    WPRI-TV investigates reported incidents where young children had been "wandering away from daycare centers" and "children being left sleeping on school buses." They looked into the frequency of these incidents to examine how safe daycare centers are, and inform parents on how to find out more about their child's daycare center. They uncovered cases of abuse and neglect, with unsupervised children finding themselves in harm's way. They also found that 21 of the 59 daycare centers they examined "were in violation of staff to child ratios," 18 of 59 "violated hand-washing procedures," and 15 "had fire safety issues."
  • Death in the Family

    This investigation of a small cult called 'The Family' reveals more than what the reported facts told in 2001. The cult was charged with child endangerment and sent to prison. By going through the public records and in-depth interviews with the 'leader' and its members, it told how it was possible to 'brainwash' 4 women to live with him and have 13 children.
  • For Teachers, Reporting Abuse is a Tough Call

    This article explains how many teachers are reluctant to report suspected cases of child abuse. Some teachers say they're afraid to call the police or parents. All states have some kind of law that requires educators to report suspected child abuse or child endangerment. But some schools have let children "fall between the cracks," and, as a result, kids have lost their lives when an educator could have potentially intervened.
  • Schools and felons

    WBNS finds dozens of convicted felons working in schools across Ohio using computer-assisted reporting. The list of offenses included murder, sexual assault, drug dealing, child endangerment and kidnapping.
  • Assault on Mount Hood

    The increase of visitors to Mount Hood is damaging the national forest. The park is facing such problems as deforestation, endangerment of numerous animal species, pollution and crime.