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On Rikers Island, a Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble

Inmates in a new secure housing unit risk harm while shackled to desks, according to a New York City Board of Corrections report.
Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence
Keep an Eye On Your State’s Congressional Delegation

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How (and Why) We’re Collecting Cook County Jail Data

ProPublica Illinois is restarting a collaborative data collection project to better understand what happens to inmates at Cook County Jail.

Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them.

Kaboom Town

The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents say they’re forgotten in the plume.

In Colfax, Echoes of Another Conflict

A photographer who covered the war in Iraq appreciates how threats can come to seem routine.

One Year, One Facility, 1.7 Million Pounds of Hazardous Waste Burned in Open Air

Explore every shipment of hazardous waste sent to Colfax in 2015 and was burned or detonated into open air.

Open Burns, Ill Winds

The Pentagon’s handling of munitions and their waste has poisoned millions of acres, and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health.

Toxic Fires

Across the Country, Military Sites Burn Hazardous Waste Into Open Air

The Immigration Effect

There’s a way for President Trump to boost the economy by 4 percent, but he probably won’t like it.

Authenticating Email Using DKIM and ARC, or How We Analyzed the Kasowitz Emails

Last week we needed to authenticate some emails sent by the President’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. Here’s how we did it.

Advocacy Groups Say Senators Should Have One Word for Trump Immigration Pick: ‘No.’

More than 300 immigration advocacy groups urge senators to oppose the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing ProPublica’s scrutiny of his record.

Hotelier-in-Chief: Here Are the Trumps’ New Hotels

Two brothers from the Mississippi Delta, who are working with President Trump’s sons on four new hotels, met the president through Gov. Phil Bryant. One of the brothers has been a campaign donor to Bryant since 2011.

We Found New Details About the New Trump-Branded Hotels. Now We Want Your Help to Find the Rest.

We’re recruiting local reporters and civically engaged citizens. We have a few ideas on how you can find these deals, who to talk to about them, and what documents to look for.

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer.

Cook County Assessor Faces Questions About Property Tax Inequity

After reporting showed that Cook County’s property tax assessments punish the poor and reward the rich, Assessor Joseph Berrios is called before a public board to explain.

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Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Amid the Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports of Hate-Fueled Violence

Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them.

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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer.

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The Rent Racket

ProPublica is exploring New York City’s broken rent stabilization system, the tax breaks that underpin it, the regulators who look the other way and the tenants who suffer as a result.

34 Stories in the Series. Latest:

It’s Legal: Some New York Landlords Can Take Tax Breaks Then Raise Rents Without Limit

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Nuisance Abatement

How New York City police are using little-known laws to kick people out of their homes, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime.

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New York City Set to Pass Sweeping Nuisance Abatement Reforms

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Advocacy Groups Say Senators Should Have One Word for Trump Immigration Pick: ‘No.’

Advocacy Groups Say Senators Should Have One Word for Trump Immigration Pick: ‘No.’

More than 300 immigration advocacy groups urge senators to oppose the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing ProPublica’s scrutiny of his record.

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Machine Bias

We’re investigating algorithmic injustice and the formulas that increasingly influence our lives.

30 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

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Veterans Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics

Veterans Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics

At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his. The VA said his comments “did not fully or accurately reflect VA's position” but also said his quotes were

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Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

9 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Obama Signs Bill That May Boost Texas Hurricane Protection Study

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Houston Police End Use of Drug Tests That Helped Produce Wrongful Convictions

Houston Police End Use of Drug Tests That Helped Produce Wrongful Convictions

The cheap kits were often the sole evidence used to win guilty pleas, against the innocent as well the as guilty.

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The Breakdown

Our series seeks to show how politics and government really work, and why they don’t.

54 Stories in the Series. Latest:

Can the Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

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