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  • Young and In Trouble: Different Paths for Punishment (part 1) and The Challenge of Rehabilitation (part 2)

    This investigation exposed "a huge racial imbalance between the number of white and black youths sent to adult prison in the Bay area, statewide and nationally." The review focused on teens ages 13-17 sentenced to adult prison. Most of the youths sent to adult prison were black; white juvenile delinquents were more likely to be sentenced to house arrest or be put on probation. These articles look at possible hidden causes for the disparity, like the fact that police spend more time in black neighborhoods so are more likely to catch black criminals than white ones. The article also explores the idea that the records don't reflect racism; rather, the situation shows how poor delinquents are more likely to end up in adult prison. The article discusses how being in adult prison affects kids differently than being in a youth-oriented rehabilitation program.
  • Gaps tarnish data on profiling

    The Houston Chronicle computer analysis "shows that after nearly 20 months, the data collected by the state's largest police force may be seriously flawed. " Houston police are supposed to record all stops they make into a racial profiling database, but it was found that thousands of stops weren't entered and and other records were filled out incompletely or incorrectly.
  • Justice in Black, White, & Shades of Gray

    In central Florida, African-Americans get longer mandatory minimum prison terms than whites accused of the same firearms crimes. The story came about thanks to a black defendant who complained that his race influenced his sentencing in a firearms case. After obtaining the appropriate database from the state attorney's office, Pipitone found this claim to be true as well as other implications of racial discrimination.
  • The Battle of Kennesaw State

    Sugg reports on racial discrimination against Jewish and African American professors at Kennesaw State University. The investigations follows the trial and tribulations of one Jewish professor, Paul Lapides. The story finds "a pattern of widespread anti-Semitism and racism on campus - incidents that were condoned and covered up by the administration." Many Jewish professors have been fired; Jewish staff members told the newspaper they feared for their careers and safety; and African Americans complained of a pattern of "obstruction" and "harassment" by the school.
  • The Car Dealer's Secret

    "In a joint investigation - ABC News 20/20 and The New York Times looked at two class-action lawsuits out of Nashville, TN that accuse two of the nation's most prominent automobile finance companies of credit discrimination. The lawsuits, filed under seal two years ago and unsealed in August 2000 on legal motions by 20/20 and The New York Times, accuse the General Motors Acceptance Corporation and the Nissan Motors Acceptance Corporation of participating in lending arrangements with car dealers that result in African-Americans paying higher finance charges on dealership-arranged loans."
  • Can the Wounds Ever Heal?

    This article takes an in-depth look into the Free Clinic of Cleveland and allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and intimidation done by the executive director. The report describes the problems between the executive director and a volunteer at the clinic. These problems ultimately led to the volunteer, who was an integral part of the clinic, being fired.
  • Has Success Spoiled the Family Place?

    D Magazine looks at the problems of the Family Place battered women't shelter. A lawsuit against the charity of racial discrimination and other wrongdoing.
  • Busting the Myth of the Meritocracy

    "Tired of excuses about 'Internet time' and hiring problems, the Feds are prowling Silicon Valley with a mission: Find the right companies to sue for racial discrimination. This Industry Standard investigates.
  • Race and Mortgages: A Dream Denied

    A four-part series on how banks deny minorities home loans three times more than whites. Part One discusses how Blacks and Hispanics face significantly higher rejection rates than do whites. Part Two discusses how buyers in minority neighborhoods have an especially hard time getting a mortgage, regardless of race. Part Three discusses how few lenders on Long Island have managed to make minority loans a sizable part of their business. Part Four discusses how sanctions for not living up to federal fair-lending requirements are rarely invoked.
  • "Promotion Without Power"

    In 1992, When the New York Times promoted Angela Dodson to become its first African American senior editor -- and the highest-ranking black woman in the paper's history -- the paper's top editors could have pointed to the move as proof of their commitment to diversity. But after editors fired her just three years later, she filed a lawsuit charging race and sex discrimination. Dodson said that while Times editors promoted her on paper, they consistently undermined her authority.