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Top MuckReads: Bahrain’s PR, Juvenile Detention and a Jump in Justifiable Homicides

The best accountability journalism of the past week.

Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just including the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to [email protected]. The best submissions are selected by ProPublica's editors and reporters and then featured on our site and @ProPublica.

Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America, Wired

America locks up children at a quicker rate than all other developed countries, with about 60,000 juveniles imprisoned on any given day. Photographer Richard Ross spent five years photographing the little-seen conditions inside 350 correction centers across the U.S.

How Bahrain Spends Millions to Spin the Press, Jalopnik

Since last year’s Arab Spring, Bahrain has been beefing up its international PR efforts, signing deals with at least 10 PR firms and one editor-turned-flack: David Cracknell, former Political Editor for The Sunday Times. He says he worked for a government with a “progressive agenda” that “believes in democracy; not theocracy.” But after this contract, he won't be working with the island country again. Contributed by@elliottjustin

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit, The New York Times

After the recession hit, pitfalls of the mid-1990s welfare reform started to show. Now, "leading Republicans" are pushing similar reforms to other government aid programs, like Medicaid and food stamps. Contributed by @nhannahjones

Stand Your Ground Law Coincides With Jump in Justifiable-Homicides Cases, Washington Post

After Florida expanded its gun laws in 2005, more than 30 states adopted similarly broad versions of the Stand Your Ground law at the center of the Trayvon Martin case. Justifiable-homicide cases have also been on the rise nationwide. Contributed by @kleinmatic

For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge, TheWall Street Journal

A controversial law against lying to federal prosecutors – often referred to simply as "1001" – is used hundreds of times every year – often when the evidence isn't strong enough to warrant other charges. Contributed by @JessePesta

How One Georgia Town Gambled Its Future on Immigration Detention, The Nation

In rural Georgia, jobs depend on prison contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As the state passed strict laws designed to keep out undocumented immigrants, politicians lobbied to keep immigrant detainees flowing to a private prison, even as ICE expressed concern about standards at the facility. 

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