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  • City Rape Statistics Questioned

    The Sun's investigation found that nearly a third of rapes reported in the city were being deemed "untrue or baseless" by detectives. The paper uncovered examples of women being grilled by detectives until they recanted their stories; and in many case reports never made it from street patrol cops to the detectives.
  • "Murder Mysteries"

    The Scripps Howard News Service has compiled an extensive database of homicide victims in the U.S., by using state and local Freedom of Information laws. The project revealed records of more than 15,000 murders that were "never reporter to the FBI." As a result of the series, several police departments "promised reform," and new investigations into old murders were launched.
  • "No Means No"

    This investigation, part of a nationwide collaboration that was led by the Center for Public Integrity, revealed that University of Massachusetts-Amherst officials often failed to take disciplinary action against students accused or found guilty of sexual assault. Reporters found that in a four-year period, "240 sexual assaults" were reported "to campus security," and only "four students were expelled." This report also found that many women who reported the assault often dropped the accusation.
  • Failed Drug Wars

    The war on drugs has cost the United States $1 trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet, the drug use and violence is even more rampant that is was forty years ago. The AP reports from the front lines of the drug war in Mexico to determine why the U.S. is still losing this battle.
  • Compromised Care

    Using confidential documents, computer datasets and gripping interviews, the reporters were able to expose widespread violence and abuse in the Illinois nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals that serve the poor.
  • Una Realidad Embarazosa: A Shameful Reality

    The story addresses the realities of teenage pregnancies in Colombia. The reporters examine the failures of sex education in schools and the lack of effective campaigns by the government. The story includes the profile of one young woman who, like many, chooses to get pregnant in order to escape domestic violence and poverty.
  • A Horrible Answer

    Fire years into massive reforms, Washington, D.C.'s pledge to create a more compassionate juvenile justice system remains unfulfilled, and youth in the custody of the city are killing and dying at epidemic proportions. This series looked comprehensively at the statistics and the stories behind a year's worth of deadly violence among juveniles in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), in most cases because they had a juvenile criminal record. Reporters found that during the year they studied, one in five homicides in the city involved a youth in the custody of the city as either a victim or a suspect.
  • "The Advocate: Tacoma advocate for domestic violence victims faces ethics case"

    China Fortson, Tacoma's first "full-time advocate" for victims of domestic violence, overstepped her professional boundaries when she became too involved in a divorce and custody battle between a local couple in which there was no evidence of abuse. She used taxpayer money to break the law and helped her client "illegally flee the state."
  • Witness to War

    This first-hand account of conflict in region of Afghanistan and Pakistan reveals how horrific living and working in this region can be. This investigation reveals the “human cost of conflict, reality of life in refugee camps, examine how children are impacted by the instability, and discuss whether there’s any hope for the future”.
  • "The War Next Door"

    Violence has increased in Mexico as the government cracks down on the drug cartels. Murders and kidnappings have increased, and Mexican citizens are afraid to leave their homes. Interviews with the Mexican Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security reveal the role of the U.S. in combating the problem. A jailhouse interview with a prominent female drug smuggler gives insight to the workings of the drug trafficking world.