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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.
Aug. 19, 7:18 p.m.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
July 10, 12:15 p.m.A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.
June 4, 10:26 a.m.Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades. Now, a prosecutor in Brooklyn will have to answer for the mistake.
May 23, 12:49 p.m.A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.
May 16, 3:26 p.m.The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.
May 7, 11:32 a.m.A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.
April 8, 6:05 p.m.Jonathan Fleming and his family were overjoyed today after the Brooklyn District Attorney dismissed murder charges against him based on evidence withheld at his 1990 trial.
April 7, 9:08 p.m.Jonathan Fleming has served more than 24 years in prison for a 1989 murder. Now it has emerged that law enforcement had evidence all along showing he was in Florida at the time of the shooting.
Feb. 20, 3:45 p.m.Nearly two years after Pedro Hernandez was arrested for murdering Etan Patz, he has yet to have an essential hearing on whether the central evidence against him is even admissible.
Feb. 5, 10:39 a.m.Even with a suspect awaiting trial for the murder of Etan Patz, the FBI last month still chased down a tip that America’s most famous missing child was still alive.
Jan. 23, 1:47 p.m.A Department of Justice study also shows the number of reports of sexual assaults is rising, but rarely results in prosecution.
Jan. 13, 1:31 p.m.After years of frustration and delay, some hope in the fight against sex abuse in the nation’s juvenile jails.
Dec. 30, 2013, 11:16 a.m.It may take years to assess the lasting damage of Charles J. Hynes’ final term as Brooklyn district attorney.
Dec. 23, 2013, 5 a.m.Three decades after 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared, police suddenly had a suspect. Then they chose not to record his interrogation, a decision that could affect their case.
Nov. 15, 2013, 4:25 p.m.Top Brooklyn prosecutor Michael Vecchione is retiring his post after a career spanning more than two decades. He leaves a troubling legacy, including allegations that he convicted an innocent man of murder in a case that could cost New York City millions.
Sep. 6, 2013, 11:40 a.m.It’s been nearly 60 years since an incumbent district attorney in New York City has been removed from office via the vote. Joe Hynes in Brooklyn could be in danger of breaking the streak.
Aug. 30, 2013, 8:57 a.m.It took years to enact tougher standards for investigating and punishing sexual violence in the nation’s jails and prisons. Now, there is frustration over how those reforms will be enforced.
Aug. 16, 2013, 8:41 a.m.For years, prosecutors in New York have been using what are known as material witness orders to compel testimony from reluctant witnesses in criminal trials. But has the power to persuade led to coercion and tainted convictions?
July 2, 2013, 1:21 p.m.The nation’s system of juvenile justice has long been troubled. But recent studies have revealed a surprising new menace: female staffers at detention facilities sexually abusing the male youngsters in their care.
June 21, 2013, 9:52 a.m.A review of 50 Brooklyn murder prosecutions could free men from prison and ruin the reputation of the former detective who helped make the cases. Some insist the prosecutors who worked alongside the accused detective should not be spared scrutiny.
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