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  • Innocents Lost

    The Herald explored how 477 children died of abuse or neglect over a six-year period after falling through Florida’s child welfare safety net, largely as a result of a misguided effort to reduce the number of foster children while simultaneously slashing services for troubled families. We have since continued the reporting into a seventh year and the number of dead is our searchable database is now 533..
  • Unguarded

    More than 60,000 Ohioans with court-appointed guardians were neglected or worse during the past decade. Some saw their assets stolen. Some were physically abused. All were victims of unscrupulous guardians and a broken system that purports to protect them. Lack of urgency by the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Attorney General, lawmakers and probate court judges to ensure basic safeguards allowed these people – some of society’s most vulnerable – to become victims. Frustrated families were angry and ashamed as they watched their loved ones die without money or dignity. So-called guardians drained a public servant’s life savings, took family mementos from a grandmother planning to give them to her children and stole paychecks from a young man who is developmentally disabled.
  • CA Investigation: Family custody battle exposes flaws in child protection system

    As four children slept, their parents were murdered in an adjacent room of their Memphis home in April, launching a controversial custody dispute that remains pending on appeal. The child welfare worker and the guardian ad litem either didn't conduct thorough investigations of those seeking custody of the children or they failed to brief the magistrate during a hearing that was rushed to an end. The story provides a rare look at how quickly child custody disputes can be decided in dependency and neglect cases, which by state law are closed to the public and media. The newspaper also exposed exclusions in the state's Sex Offender Registry laws that allow offenders, even those classified as "violent," to live in homes with children if the offender's victim was an adult.
  • CA Investigation - Untested Rape Kits

    This entry tells the story of Terry Burks, a sexual assault survivor who was gang raped in 1988 in a still-unsolved case – then was victimized again by police so caught up in clearing a mountain of untested rape kits they didn’t take the time to examine her case. Police tested Terry’s kit as they rushed to clear a backlog of 12,000 rape kits they learned they’d been sitting on. Months later, she was told testing found no DNA in her kit. But if police had bothered to read Terry’s case file they would have found why there likely was no DNA there: Her attackers had worn condoms, The Commercial Appeal found. What’s more, her case file, obtained by the newspaper, contained records showing those condoms had been destroyed in 2002.
  • Crime In Punishment

    The story comes from a 1 1/2 year long investigation into Tennessee prisons, where WSMV found such corruption and outrageous behavior inside the state penal system that lawmakers, a district attorney, former employees and crime victims feel that crimes were committed during the punishment of criminals. The investigation led to the disciplinary actions on more than 70 inmates, a criminal investigation by the TBI, a criminal conviction of a guard and a legislative hearing. The investigation initially began by showing the outrageous behavior of criminals inside prison, and expanded to expose the state deleting records of assaults on guards and inmates and medical neglect of female inmates.
  • Rikers Island

    The series of stories produced by AP over the course of 2014, based largely on documents obtained via public records requests and information gleaned from city sources, provides a rare and detailed examination inside the nation's largest city's deeply troubled and neglected jail system – where violence reigns and sick and mentally ill inmates suffer the most.
  • Deadly Neglect

    Major change is now possible for residents at California’s 7,500 assisted living homes thanks to a team of reporters from U-T San Diego and the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting at USC. It took a year’s worth of data-collection and analysis, examination of thousands of paper documents and shoe-leather journalism to produce “Deadly Neglect,” a series of stories that exposed death and abuse at assisted living facilities in San Diego County. The stories revealed that over the past seven years at least 27 deaths had occurred to assisted living residents in which negligence played a role. They found homes where residents were given wrong or no medication, and a state agency that didn’t keep track of the deaths it investigated. More than half a dozen state legislators,, outraged by the team’s findings, have announced the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Reform Act of 2014, a group of 14 reform bills that will be introduced in this year’s legislative session.
  • Packing heat: How gun law loopholes tripled Canada’s rifle magazine limits

    Gun control has been in the news on both sides of the border - even as legislation goes in different directions. Canada just destroyed its long-gun registry, even as police officers who relied on its data called for its preservation. But here, we focused on the implications of failing to update gun laws for 20-odd years: Namely, such neglect creates unforeseen, potentially lethal loopholes that - for example - triple the legal magazine limit. But it's one thing to write about this. We went one better, obtaining dummy ammunition and a magazine cartridge to demonstrate in video online the ways in which outdated laws can be used against the public good.
  • Faces of Failure

    More Illinois children are dying from abuse or neglect than at any time in the past 30 years. The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ partnered to take a closer look at the circumstances of those children who are dying. We found that not only are more children dying, but more are dying even after Illinois’ child welfare department had investigated the family for abuse or neglect in the past year.
  • Corruption at Juvenile Prisons

    Chris Kirkham exposes the corruption at juvenile for-profit prisons, boot camps and detention centers. From condoning abuse of inmates to neglect to corruption we'll hear firsthand stories from those on the inside.