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  • Failure to Report

    After a 10-month long FOIA battle, Smith reveals internal-affairs reports about the suicides of two inmates who were mentally ill in the D.C. jail. The reports showed "an attempted cover-up and widespread misconduct by D.C. jail officials and a medical services contractor."
  • D.C. Government Investigations

    The Legal Times series looks into the social and criminal justice problems in Washington. Some included findings that the U.S. Attorney's Office hid details about suspect drug buys by an informant during a major sting operation. Other atricles discuss the suicides of two mentally ill patients in a D.C. jail, and imprisonment of local inmated past their release dates.
  • The Battle Within

    After six years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, an all-volunteer Army is sending the same soldiers back again and again, sometimes despite medical findings that they are unfit for battle. Thousands are depending on prescription drugs, including antidepressants, to get through repeated trips to war, and some have died while taking multiple combination of drugs to treat combat stress and other war-related injuries. Suicides in Iraq and Afghanistan tripled from 2004 to 2007, and some of those who killed themselves were sent back to war with antidepressants.
  • Guantanamo Detainees

    The series shows who is in the detention center, why they're in there and how they were captured. "The stories, based on interviews and testimony in the transcripts, describe the difficulty in distinguishing the enemy from noncombatants and the obstacles detainees face in confronting often murky evidence against them."
  • Sexual abuse behind bars

    The Detroit News exposed years of sexual abuse of female inmates by male prison guards in Michigan. Despite a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999, abuse rates increased and offenders went unpunished. The reporters discovered inmate suicides and guards who killed themselves rather than face accusations of abuse. The story also showed that a former governor had blocked outside investigations of sexual abuse in prisons. After publication, legislators convened hearings and male guards were phased out of women's prisons.
  • Brother's Keeper - West Virginia's Mental Health Crisis

    The author exposed the bungling and fraud that led Federal officials to slash funding for West Virginia's mentally ill by more than one-third in 2001. He also revealed the consequences: twice as many people committed to state hospitals in a four year period, more suicides and a flood of mentally ill people in emergency rooms, homeless shelters and jails.
  • Over My Dead Body

    Mary Spicuzza of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times looks at the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on U.S. soldiers returning from the war in Iraq. Her story looks at the life and death of one such soldier who committed suicide at the age of 25 as a result of PTSD. Experts say the number of soldiers returning home from Iraq face emotional trauma worse than those who served in Vietnam decades ago.
  • Home front: The government's war on soldiers

    This book chronicles how George Bush has cut benefits for both veterans and front-line troops. It reports how the Pentagon has ordered soldiers to take experimental medicines that sometimes prove fatal, how defense contractors deliver faulty weapons to soldiers, and how "the true casualty of war is the subsequent body count -- the medical failures, psychological toll and the uninvestigated suicides -- on the home front."
  • Hidden Wounds: Mark Benjamin's reporting on psychological wounds among soldiers from the Iraq war

    Benjamin's stories were some of the first to report on an incoming wave of soldiers suffering severe mental problems after returning from Iraq. He found that 1 in 5 visits to the VA by returning soldiers were for mental problems, that soldiers in Iraq had disturbingly high suicide rates and that there was a pattern of soldiers coming home and beating their spouses.
  • "Private Stites Should Have Been Saved"

    Potter examines how well the Army prepares its soldiers to handle combat, and the psychological results of poor training. Potter finds that Army suicides are growing, and that the Army is at least partly to blame for these tragic deaths. Potter discovers that while young soldiers requested psychological counseling, their pleas were ignored. They instead withstood abuse by fellow soldiers and drill instructors. Potter uncovers a shocking Army policy that asks superiors to implement a series of orders "intended to humiliate and ostracize the soldier until he or she stops 'faking' [his or her psychological trauma] and 'gets on with training.' "