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  • 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.
  • Prisoners of Profit

    HuffPost Business reporter Chris Kirkham exposes the corruption at juvenile for-profit prisons, boot camps and detention centers. From condoning abuse of inmates to neglect to corruption, Kirkham uncovers firsthand stories from those on the inside.
  • Pharma’s Windfall: The Mining of Rare Diseases

    In 1983, California congressman Henry Waxman helped pass the Orphan Drug Act to encourage research on rare diseases. The law offered financial incentives to drug makers in hopes they would tackle long-neglected disorders while breaking even or posting modest profits. Ever since, the Orphan Drug Act was lauded as government at its finest, praised for providing a boon in generating new pharmaceuticals. But by the act’s 30th anniversary, The Seattle Times found that the law’s good intentions had been subverted. In what amounts to a windfall, the pharmaceutical industry has exploited this once-obscure niche of the healthcare field, turning rare diseases into a multibillion dollar enterprise and the fastest-growing sector of America’s prescription-drug system. The series, “Pharma’s Windfall: The Mining of Rare Diseases,” uses extensive data from the FDA and NIH, along with financial reports from the SEC to show the financial incentives behind the system. For the human repercussions, the reporters found and told the stories of families struggling with rare disease.
  • Fragile Lives, Needless Deaths

    We found that scores of developmentally disabled people in the state's care had died in recent years from abuse, neglect or medical error - from bathtub scaldings to chokings to ignored illnesses. Although the state keeps secret the identity of those who die under their oversight, we were able to identify nearly every victim and told many of their stories, giving a name and a fact to an often-ignored population.
  • Poverty and Profit

    A unique investigation uncovered the profiteering and government neglect that helped devastate a once-stable African-American community on Chicago's West Side.
  • When Nurses Fail

    In the fall of 2013, the Star Tribune published a five-part series, “When Nurses Fail,” an investigation by staff reporter Brandon Stahl of how Minnesota protects the public from unsafe nurses. The stories showed how the state Board of Nursing rarely threw nurses out of the profession for unsafe conduct, how nurses could commit drug-related misconduct while under state monitoring, how background check flaws allow problem nurses to keep their licenses and how nurses who lose jobs after allegations of misconduct can find new ones. The reporting revealed a strikingly lenient attitude toward discipline of problem nurses, who were given chance after chance, especially if their misconduct was related to an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The backbone of the project was a database Stahl created from more than 1,000 enforcement actions against problem nurses. He also examined hundreds more records of neglect and maltreatment investigations and criminal and civil court cases. Patterns emerged from his research: More than 260 nurses have licenses despite records of unsafe practice, including botched care that harmed patients. Nurses whose neglect led to patient deaths were told to take courses, while at least 112 nurses were licensed to practice despite thefts of drugs on the job, fraudulent prescriptions or practicing while impaired. Stahl’s reporting has exposed serious flaws in the oversight of the largest population of health professionals, and in the process opened a conversation about patient harm that has already shown dramatic results. It’s the kind of public service reporting that policy makers and ordinary Minnesotans count on from the Star Tribune.
  • 2001 Oak Ridge Nuclear Cavitation Confirmation Uncovered

    "2001 Oak Ridge Nuclear Cavitation Confirmation Uncovered" is a 12-part investigative series that appeared in the summer of 2013 in New Energy Times. The series is about the 2001-02 conflict surrounding experiments performed in the nuclear weapons facilities at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The key events took place a decade ago, and the most crucial facts of this conflict had never been published. These facts reverse the commonly understood outcome of this scientific finding and correct the historical record. This investigation also reveals the dark side of science, how scientists can and do neglect their social responsibility, abuse their power, and behave unscientifically. It reveals the devastating price paid by other scientists who assume that scientific facts can speak for themselves, and how they fail to understand the tremendous impact of science media on public opinion.
  • Legacy of Neglect

    The Columbus code-enforcement department is responsible for ensuring that the city’s buildings are safe and sound. But city policies have inspectors chasing minor complaints instead of chronic housing-code offenders. Lax laws and lenient judges have left people living in fear that a sagging porch roof will fall, that the second-story bathroom floor might collapse or that the electrical wiring could be defective. The deaths of a young couple and child on Christmas Eve 2011 exposed significant problems. In the aftermath, the city promised changes but didn’t follow through with substantive reforms, prompting a Dispatch investigation.
  • A Vicious Cycle: Broken Homes, Deadly Streets, Shattered Lives.

    The 54 minute documentary “A Vicious Cycle” is a groundbreaking and deeply personal look at the causes and impact of violent crime in the St. Louis area, which includes East St. Louis and Washington Park, Illinois, the communities with the highest murder rates in America. The documentary is the result of five months of investigation and interviews with victims, their families, former gang leaders, police, and social workers. The program is divided into four segments; (1) overview with victims and a deep look at causes of violent crime, (2) unprecedented access with one St. Louis family with 2 sons behind bars and the father of 1 son also in prison, (3) an inside look at how police are fighting crime, (4) and the emotional ending focusing on social programs that successfully bring broken families together. In 2011, there were 11 murders in Washington Park, Illinois, 1 for every 370 residents, which is 8 times the murder rate of St. Louis, a city that has one of the highest murder rates in the country. We explore the many contributing factors in the region's most violent neighborhoods, including extreme poverty, lower levels of education and home ownership, single parent families and segregation. We also examine the life of a former gang leader who was arrested more than 40 times, including arrests for 2 murders. A unique part of our program is a deeply personal investigation of the destruction of one St. Louis family. That segment, part two of our program, is 13 minutes long. The mother agreed to talk about her family because of the “pull of the streets” that lured all 3 of her sons into a gang. Our investigation learned that it was the collapse of the family, particularly their mother’s mental problems and substance abuse that really pushed the boys into the streets to find more structure and a sense of family. What follows is a rare look inside a family in crisis, featuring on-camera interviews behind bars with two sons and the father. One son is mentally ill, suicidal and has 7 children. During the interviews we learn that the root of the family’s collapse was the mother’s repeated abuse and neglect when she was a young child. The segment also includes interviews with the victims of other son’s violent crimes, including a murder he committed when he was just 19.
  • Living Apart: Fair Housing in America

    The series documents 45 years of neglect of one of the most sweeping civil rights laws in our country’s history. The investigation found that the federal government made a decision almost immediately after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act not to enforce the key provisions of the law, including the mandate to promote residential integration. The stories and maps reveal how politics hobbled the reach of the law, severely limiting both the resources and the will of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to use its vast powers to force communities to undue decades of government-sanctioned segregation. It showed how HUD has from its roots been an agency conflicted about enforcing the law and how those charged with enforcement are undertrained and often maligned within the agency. As a result of the law’s neglect by a succession of Republican and Democratic Administrations, our investigation found that segregation patterns in the cities with the largest proportion of black residents have barely budged.