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  • Murder with Impunity

    Whether your murder is solved can sometimes depend on where you're killed. The Post found disparities in who gets justice and who's still waiting.
  • Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished In America, Newsy, Reveal from the Center For Investigative Reporting & PRX, ProPublica

    “Case Cleared” uncovered how police agencies across America are masking the truth about how often they get justice for rape victims. Dozens of major jurisdictions are inflating clearance rates for rape by making cases look solved when they are simply closed with no arrest. In some cases, suspects find new victims after being left on the street by police. Reporters also discovered a major flaw in the FBI’s new national uniform crime reporting system. The findings surprised elected leaders and senior DOJ and FBI officials, while prompting immediate and significant action at both the local and national levels.
  • Raked Over the Coals

    For a decade the Phoenix Fire Department presented its arson squad as one of the nation’s best. Boasting it has the highest arson clearance rate of any major city fire department in the country. In 2013, 12 News Investigative Reporter Wendy Halloran began looking into the claims. She discovered the arson squad relies heavily on the nose of a dog trained to detect accelerants. In fact, the dog’s handler has stated under oath his lab (Labrador retriever) is better equipped to detect arson than the laboratories used by fire departments across the country which specialize in the skill. When alerted by Halloran to Phoenix’s methods national experts examined the cases Halloran reviewed and challenged the Arson squad’s finding. Halloran discovered the dog is fallible. At least four people were falsely accused of arson as a result.
  • More Than 1,500 Homocides Grow Cold in Prince George's County

    Prince George's County, Maryland has one of the nation's highest murder rates, and though the police department's clearance rates have improved in recent years, decades of solving less than half of the county's homocides has left thousands of family members still looking for justice for their slain loved ones.
  • Murder Mysteries

    Schripps Howard News Service has conducted the most complete accounting ever made of homicide victims in the United States. Aggressive use of state and local Freedom of Information laws allowed the wire service to assemble a database of 525,742 homicides, including records of 15,322 killings never reported to the FBI. The "Murder Mysteries" project calculated the homicide clearance rate for every police department in the U.S., prompting four departments to promise reforms. Scripps also developed an algorithm that identified 161 suspicious clusters of unsolved homicides involving women of similar age killed through similar means. Authorities in Gary, Ind., and Youngstown, Ohio, Launched new investigations into possible serial murder in their communities as a result of this project.
  • Murder Mysteries

    Using state and local Freedom of Information laws, the author was able to assemble the largest database of homicides in the U.S. It also found records of 15,322 killings never reported to the FBI and calculated the homicide clearance rate for every police department.
  • Crimes Uncounted and The Rape Squad Files

    The Inquirer found the Philadelphia Police Department's sex-crimes unit suppressed the citywide rape count and doctored its crime reports from the early 1980s until 1998, leading to promising leads that went unpursued and rapists striking again... "With thousands of incidents excluded from the official count, the city's crime statistics were meaningless - worse, misleading. The rape squad's much-touted clearance rate was a hoax...."
  • More Murder Mysteries

    U.S. News & World Report provides an in-depth examination of a frightening breakdown in the nation's criminal justice system: the steady, alarming drop in the ability of homicide detectives to solve murder cases during the past 30 years.