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wessler-coverSeth Freed Wessler's cover story for The Nation on medical neglect in privately run prisons led to the closure of some facilities. “This Man Will Almost Certainly Die,” “Obama's DOJ Says It One More Time: Private Prisons Aren't Working,” Donald Trump's Looming Mass Criminalization, and more. Wessler's reporting was featured in The Washington Post, Reveal News, NPR's Fresh Air and Democracy Now.                                                                                                                                   

new-york-timesTracie McMillan tapped into her experiences working at a Walmart while reporting for her bestselling book, "The American Way of Eating," to examine possible causes that led blue states to go red in the 2016 election: “White Resentment on the Night Shift at Walmart,” New York Times, Dec. 17. 

vice-logoHella Winston reports on a tiny rural village north of New York City torn apart by voter fraud allegations. Some locals say a developer “has spent years plotting to refashion the place as a sort of private city.” Read it here.

national-geographicMaryn McKenna reports for National Geographic on superbugs, antibiotic resistance, Zika as a sexually transmitted infection, and more, and “Exclusive: Biggest Worries, Wins of U.S. Disease Control Chief” Thomas Friedan as he prepares to leave office. 

wgbh-logoPhillip Martin covers Trump’s travel ban hearing in Boston federal court, the arrest of Backpage.com’s CEO, the Dookhan scandal that jeopardized 24,000 drug cases, and more for WGBH Boston Public Radio and PRI The World.

undark-logoKaren Coates and Jerry Redfern, authors of "Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos," explain the ongoing impact of 2.5 million pounds of bombs dropped in Laos by the U.S. for eight years starting in 1965. See their article and video at "Bombscapes: Of War and Earth." They were interviewed on Democracy Now.

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perrot-free-cakeCRIMINAL JUSTICE: George D. Perrot celebrates one year of freedom. Judge Robert J. Kane overturned Perrot's rape conviction, then released him on his own recognizance Feb. 10, 2016. Perrot had already served 30 years in prison. The appeal deadline for prosecutors is April 10. The Schuster Institute has been investigating Perrot's claims of innocence since October 2011. Read more about the case.

Watch our video! A wedding, an anniversary & a civil rights lawsuit: On the one-year anniversary of his June 15, 2015, exoneration, Angel Echavarría filed a civil rights lawsuit. After 21 years in prison, Echavarría is enjoying spending time with his new wife and five adult children — and he is seeking compensation for his long ordeal. Read more here.

Read the most recent column by the Boston Globe's Yvonne Abraham about Angel Echavarría's ongoing quest for justice, "Now free, Angel Echavarría wants answers," Sept. 4, 2016. Our recap is here: "Can Angel Echavarría reclaim any justice?"

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