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  • The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell: Chicago Wrong Raids

    The CBS Evening News and the WBBM investigative team revealed an alarming pattern of Chicago Police officers raiding the wrong homes, traumatizing innocent families and children, and, in the process, violating citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights. None of the officers involved had been disciplined or held accountable by the department.
  • 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.
  • WRAL: School arrests

    WRAL's analysis of federal education data found that black students in North Carolina are arrested at schools or school functions six times as often as white students. That disparity is one of the worst in the nation.
  • Black drivers bear brunt of citations from routine stops by St. Anthony PD

    After the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb, MPR News set out to investigate whether black drivers were disproportionately stopped by the law enforcement agency involved with Castile’s death. MPR analyzed thousands of traffic citations in a five-year period from the St. Anthony police department and focused our investigation on stops in which police had the most discretion to pull someone over. They expected to see some level of racial disparity, but the results were staggering.
  • Fighting New Jersey's Tax Crunch

    The series provided a detailed analysis of New Jersey's dysfunctional property tax system, which has the highest costs in the nation. Using U.S. census data, IRS data, 10 years of local tax information, and more than 40 databases of local and state employee payrolls, we found that the system had evolved into a juggernaut that was destroying the fiscal and social fabric economy of the state.
  • Leavenworth Train: A Fugitive Search for Justice in the Vanishing West

    Jackson looks at the history of the first federal prison in America, the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. A major finding is that the prison "was built on a model intended to rehabilitate young prisoners on the frontier, the exact opposite of what it finally became." The author discovers the story of Frank Grigware, the only prisoner to ever escape from Leavenworth and remain free as an immigrant to Canada. Jackson finds that "real questions of innocence" surrounded Grigware's trial for train robbery. The book uses the stories of the prison and the prisoner as "vehicles for exploring the developing nature of justice in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries." The author examines why the system of death penalty went wrong.
  • Debt to Society: The Real Price of Prisons

    A Mother Jones interactive project chronicles and quantifies "the explosive growth of America's inmate population." The online series depicts the economic and social costs of prisons, and includes a database on states' prison population and prison spending. The first part explains why America became the world's leading jailer, and looks at the paradoxical growth of the incarceration rate over the past decades when the crime rate was declining. The reporters find that "the soaring number of nonviolent drug offenders" and increases in sentencing are behind the expansion of prisons. The second part discovers that "prisons are rife with infectious illnesses - and threaten to spread them to the public." The third story examines the influence of jail sentences on inmates' inclination to violence after being released. The fourth part looks at the social costs for children who have a parent behind bars. The fifth article explains various alternatives for society to respond to lawbreakers without locking them up. The sixth part reveals that spending on a domestic anti-drug war is ineffective. The seventh article finds that "mass incarceration comes at a moral cost to every American."
  • Juries and Justice

    In a two-part series the Chicago Reporter examines "the racial composition of juries in Cook County, and how the racial make-up of juries might affect their verdicts." The first part reveals that whites and suburbanites are selected to serve on juries in numbers disproportinately high, according to demographic analysis of the county's population. The major finding in the second part is that all-white juries more often reached guilty verdicts for black defendants than juries that included at least three people from mostly black neighborhoods.
  • Toxic Traps

    A Dallas Morning News series "is the first nationwide examination of the location of federally subsidized housing in environmentally hazardous neighborhoods." The investigation reveals that "the government is housing more than 870,000 families in projects located within one mile or less of at least one factory than emits toxic air pollution." Part of the series details the cancer risks to the inhabitants of a public housing close to a toxic dump site. Among the major findings is "a stark and persistent racial disparity: the higher the percentage of minorities in a project, the more likely it is to be in a neighborhood with toxic air pollution." The reporters also examine "the federal government's ongoing failure to address the issue and a massive federal program that in many cities is perpetuating the issue."
  • Closed Ranks? The Color of Commandos

    The San Diego Union-Tribune investigates the integration of the U.S. military's most elite forces, the Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Air Force Commandos. While most of the military is successfully integrated -- one in three soldiers is of a minority -- the members of elite forces are mainly white. About one in eight elite soldiers are minorities. Crawley discovered that this racial disparity is due to cultural and historical biases and a perception of racism among the members of these elite units.