October 13th, 2014

via Vox:

Teenagers in adult prisons are twice as likely to commit suicide as are adults in adult prisons. And they’re far more likely to commit suicide than teenagers who are in juvenile detention or in alternative programs. A 2007 report from the advocacy group the Campaign for Youth Justice found that juveniles in adult prisons are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than are juveniles in juvenile detention.

The U.S. Department of Justice found in 2009 that half of juvenile suicides behind bars happened while young inmates were in solitary confinement. Learn more

October 9th, 2014

More than 100 for-profit colleges are so dependent on taxpayer money that they’d be violating the law if not for a loophole, according to a never-released analysis by the Department of Education we obtained.

Taxpayers spent $9.5 billion on these schools in 2012 alone. Get the full story.

October 3rd, 2014
You don’t think of water as privilege until you don’t have it anymore.

Yolanda Serrato, a mother of three in East Porterville, California, tells The New York Times.

As California’s historic drought persists, Serrato lives in one of hundreds of households in the Central Valley that no longer have access to running water. Get the full story from NYT

September 30th, 2014

Police in L.A. County are drastically expanding the types of personal data they collect.

Iris scans, palm prints, mugshots, fingerprints and potentially audio recordings will all be stored in a massive new database that will feed into the FBI. 

So why has the public been kept in the dark? Read our new investigation.

September 16th, 2014


China consumes half of the world’s pork. And the country’s growing middle class — bigger than the population of the United States — wants more meat. The Center for Investigative Reporting looks at how China plans to meet that demand.

Reblogged from PBS NewsHour
September 12th, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol agents have responded to threats and assaults with escalating violence and lethal force. More than half of the 40+ deaths that happened at the hands of Border Patrol agents since 2005 occurred in the least 4 years. 

Our new investigation takes an in-depth look at one of those fatal shootings and the questionable investigation that followed. Read the full story

September 10th, 2014

"Did he need killing?"

In 2010, a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back. Investigators deemed the shooting justified.

But was it? For the first time, we’ve pieced together a full account of the incident, and the questionable investigation that followed.

Read the full story, published in partnership with Medium. 

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