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Joaquin Sapien

Joaquin Sapien
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Since joining ProPublica in May 2008, reporter Joaquin Sapien has delved into criminal justice, military healthcare, and environmental issues. In 2010 he partnered with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to produce an award-winning series of stories about contaminated drywall. In 2009 he was part of a team whose work on natural gas drilling won the Society of Professional Journalists award for online non-deadline investigative reporting. From 2005 until 2008 he was a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, where he led a year-long investigative project, “Superfund’s Toxic Legacy,” which received the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists award for non-deadline online reporting. Before joining CPI, Sapien wrote for Environmental Media Services.

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Report Cites Failure to Act Against Abusers of Juveniles in Detention

Amid significant reforms, federal officials worry that sexual abuse in juvenile justice system remains prevalent and too often unpunished.

The Trials of New York’s Family Court

A journalist immerses herself in New York’s Family Court system and finds a mix of misery and modest hope.

Out of Options, California Ships Hundreds of Troubled Children Out of State

One 14-year-old boy’s search for care takes him to Utah as his home state struggles to safeguard its most challenging children.

California Backs off Group Homes, Looks to Lean on Foster Families

As California dismantles its beleaguered system of youth group homes, state lawmakers bet big on expanding foster care.

Los Angeles County Examines Troubled Group Home’s Finances

As a group home for some of the state’s most troubled children prepares to close, county auditors are poring over its finances.

Troubled California Group Home to Close

Management’s decision to close a home in Long Beach ends one crisis, but the state is still seeking answers for dealing with its most troubled children.

Trial And Error: A Man Convicted of Murder Wins Release, and Questions of Responsibility Linger

It turns out Brooklyn prosecutors for years hid the evidence Ruddy Quezada had sought to win a new trial. Who should pay?

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children sinks into crisis.

Capitol Case: Robert Freeman’s Enduring Fight Against Government Secrecy

Freeman, the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, reflects on seven governors and their records for transparency.

In Rare Step, Workers at California Group Home Unionize

Frontline employees at a San Francisco home for some of California’s most troubled children bid for better pay and a greater role in treatment.

Widespread Problems With Group Home Agency Prompt City to Cut Ties

Boys Town becomes third agency to fail as New York City tries new model for juvenile offenders.

Violent Crimes Mar Effort at Less Restrictive Homes for Children

The arrest of three runaway boys shines light on New York City’s latest program for troubled youth.

Congress to Consider Scaling Down Group Homes for Troubled Children

At a hearing in Washington, a renewed call for addressing the violence and neglect that plagues group homes for foster youth.

Juror and Former Officer Raise Doubt About Patz Prosecution

On a question that worried a juror in the Etan Patz murder case, a former cop offers his view.

Racist Posts on NY Cop Blog Raise Ire at Time of Tension

A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes.

Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”

Level 14

How a home for troubled children came undone and what it means for California’s chance at reform.

How We Reported ‘Level 14’

Reporter Joaquin Sapien explains the process of investigating a home for troubled children in California.

In Complicated Patz Case, Informant Could Testify About Suspect Not on Trial

The defense in the Patz murder trial will argue another man is more likelier the killer of the young boy. Jack Colbert might help make that case.

New York City Will Pay $10 Million to Settle Wrongful Conviction Case

Revelations about the prosecution of Jabbar Collins, who served 15 years for a murder he did not commit, helped to bring down longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes
Joaquin Sapien
Read Joaquin Sapien's e-book, Missing: A Boy and the Evidence Against His Accused Killer, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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