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  • Where's the party at?

    The Daily Wildcat set out to answer the age old question: where's the party at? Through FOIAs for police records The Daily Wildcat was able to collect data on where the Tucson Police Department had issued red tags, which are the citations for unruly gatherings that are commonly doled out when parties get out of hand. They created a heat map of the red tags issued around campus and created interactive data visualizations on the frequency of when red tags were issued by day of the week and calendar month.
  • Violent Madison gang offenses show nearly 200 percent increase over last decade

    At the base of Madison’s erupting violence, police records show a dramatic increase over the last decade in known gang members charged with committing crimes. https://vimeo.com/matthewsimonjournalist/review/133320664/7874f195ad
  • Journey to Jihad

    This is a nine-thousand-word investigation into the European jihadi pipeline. Using thousands of pages of leaked Belgian Federal Police records, which included wiretaps, electronic surveillance, seized radicalization pamphlets, and interrogation transcripts, it traces the web of connections between jihadi recruiters in Europe, and follows a reluctant ISIS member to Syria and back. It also reveals previously-unknown details on Amr al-Absi, the Syrian emir identified by the U.S. State Department as having been "in charge of kidnappings" for ISIS, as well war crimes committed against local civilians by his European recruits. I also took a portrait of the main subject, and a separate portrait of his father. Both pictures were published in the magazine. The article was my M.A. thesis project at Columbia Journalism School.
  • The False 48: How A&E's The First 48 Makes Millions While Imprisoning Innocents

    This investigation scrutinized one of television’s most-watched reality crime programs, The First 48. It exposed how the show’s conceit of solving a murder within 48 hours forces police to rush through investigations and led to the false imprisonment of at least 15 Miami men and others across the nation. Drawing from dozens of interviews and thousands of pages of court documents and police records, the investigation delivered a damning indictment of a program that profits immensely off high viewership — while exploiting some of the nation’s most disadvantaged populations: poor, urban, African American youths.
  • No Show Policing

    The police chief of one of New Jersey's largest cities billed taxpayers for tens of thousands of dollars a year for off-duty "detail work", much of which was never actually performed. Subsequent reporting uncovered that a handful of influential officers, including the heads of both police unions, also enriched themselves in this way. Police records were also so sloppy that it appears taxpayers paid some officers double for working (or, in some cases, not working) the exact same hours.
  • Domestic Abuse Inside the U.S. Military

    Domestic violence acts in the Army have been “steadily rising over the last decade, despite Army reports to the contrary”. Many Army spouses’ slain as a result of the domestic violence and many involving soldiers who saw action in Iraq. Also, a level of violence was soaring around some of the largest Army installations “through examination of police records and court filings”.
  • Compromised Care

    Illinois is an outlier among states in its reliance on nursing homes to house younger adults with mental illness, including thousands of felons whose disabilities qualify them for Medicaid-funded nursing care. The reporters documented numerous recent cases in which elderly and disabled residents were assaulted, raped and even murdered in the facilities.
  • Final Justice

    For five years, the investigative team from WEWS reviewed trial testimonies, interviewed witnesses and jurors and uncovered police records obtained through the Ohio Open Records Act in order to prove that Darrell Houston, serving time in prison for murder, was innocent. Their two part report found sufficient evidence for a new trial.
  • St. John's Military School

    This KWCH investigation revealed a 10-year pattern of abuse at a Kansas military school. A tip from a former employee of the school prompted the TV station to FOIA police records, which noted 28 cases of abuse including boys being beaten with broomsticks, burned with lighters and kicked repeatedly. A related civil suit alleged staff negligence, and other discussions of abuse were found in an alumni chat room on the Internet.
  • The Mafia bombings

    This series re-examines a wave of mob bombings that occurred in the late 1960s in Tucson. It reveals, for the first time, how the FBI cut short its investigation of a suspect with close ties to the bureau and used threats to discourage state and local police from investigating, citing national security concerns. The series includes the first press interview with the accused agent, breaking his silence of 35 years, and makes extensive use of FBI records previously undisclosed and police records that initially were said to have been destroyed.