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  • Trapped in Gangland

    The Central American gang MS-13 accounts for 1 percent of U.S. gang murders. But when Donald Trump became president, he seized on the gang’s violence on Long Island to promote tougher immigration policies. This series, co-published with New York magazine, Newsday, The New York Times Magazine and This American Life, showed how Trump’s bungled crackdown on MS-13 burned informants, deported young immigrants suspected of gang involvement on flimsy evidence, and failed to prevent further murders. Based on a year and a half of difficult and dangerous reporting, ProPublica reporter Hannah Dreier’s stories persuasively depicted how an entire subculture of Latino teenagers came to be trapped between the gang and the government.
  • Who’s to blame for El Salvador’s gang violence?

    While countless news outlets rushed to cover protests against the flood of Central American migrants crossing into the United States this past summer, NewsHour Weekend took a different approach. They launched an investigation into why an estimated 230,000 Central Americans felt the need to flee countries like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their investigation, which focused on El Salvador, revealed that the current mass exodus of Salvadorans has actually been thirty years in the making. It was fueled by a combination of American foreign policy decisions in the 1980’s and an act of congress in the mid 1990’s. The story ultimately raises questions about United States culpability in the current predicament.
  • The Crown Topples: The Swift Rise and Brutal Fall of Maryland's Latin Kings

    An inside look at what happened when a national gang infiltrated two suburban counties. Major findings: in 2007 and 2008, the brother of a brutal gang member started a new Latin Kings "tribe" in Maryland and Washington D.C. The Royal Lion Tribe grew to nearly 200 members and initiated a bloody rivalry with the local branch of MS=13. A group of federal agents took down the gang from the inside after a minor crime brought the new gang into the spotlight.
  • Gangs in Garden City: How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing

    Journalist Sarah Garland investigates how two of the most dangerous Central American gangs have made their way into the suburbs of Long Island. Garland also tells the story of several young people whose lives have been affected by gangs or gang violence. Her five-year investigation involves conversations with police, gang members and school officials. That information reveals a different opinion than that of the Department of Homeland Security, who believes the gangs to be a problem on the level of Al Qaeda.
  • "Lake County Homicides"

    Reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski takes an in-depth look at homicides in the Lake Country region and reveals that many of the cases have gone unsolved. She also examines some of the deadliest streets in Gary, Ind., and in East Chicago and takes a look at what neighborhood residents are doing to try to harness the violence.
  • Justice By Geography

    Years after the 2000 Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act passed in California, Orange County-area prosecutors "top the list of district attorneys who most use the discretionary waiver to charge teens as young as 14 as adults." The original act was meant to "target hardcore gang members and juvenile offenders who commit heinous, violent crimes." Among the stories is the tale of Rene Garcia, who faces a life sentence for murder, even though he did not pull the trigger.
  • The Gangs of Westchester: Boyz in the Burb

    The 2 part series investigated the growing problem of gangs in the affluent suburban county of Westchester, right outside of New York. Despite the median price for a house resting at $700,000, violent drug gangs such as the Bloods, Crips, MS13, Vatos Locos, and Latin Kings have integrated themselves into the community. The city hierarchy refused to acknowledge the problem even with a rash of gang related shootings and stabbings.
  • Crime Magnets

    This investigation used FBI Uniform Crime Report data to show that most of the crime in Tucson occurs in the North side of the city. The violence -- which can be explained by a combination of poverty, prostitution, drug dealing and strip clubs -- is so bad that many people choose to move away rather than work to change the situation. The findings contradict the perception that the predominately Hispanic South side of Tucson, where gang violence is prevalent, is the most dangerous area of the city.
  • Where Hope is Locked Away: California's Youth Prisons. A Mercury News Special Report.

    This series examines California's failing youth prison system. The state pledged that all youth would receive counseling and rehabilitative treatment, but it seems like the system is too flawed to keep those promises. Now, tear gas, gang violence, and fear are much more common than progress. The reporters specifically focused on five issues: education, treatment, sentencing, parole and alternatives. They compare the California system to better ones in Texas and Missouri.
  • Riot baby

    Ten years after the Rodney King scandal and the subsequent riots in South Central Los Angeles, reporter Daniel Voll examines the situation in that area of the Californian metropolis. He does it by depicting the lifestyle of Jelani Stewart, who was born in the same days the riots took place. Voll writes in his initial paragraph: "(...) the people are still poor, there's not enough work, and the gang violence is bad and getting worse."