Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.
Arresting America, Fusion
The city of Gretna, Louisiana, has roughly 18,000 residents, and in 2013 its police department arrested 6,566 adults. That's a rate of more than one arrest for every three residents and roughly "14 times the rate of arrests in a typical American town," according to a Fusion analysis. This investigative series delves into police activity in the U.S. to see where it succeeds – and fails.
The True Cost, Talking Points Memo
ICYMI: Our deep look at "corrections industry".Way more than jails,the full 'supply line' from arrest thru probation https://t.co/suYm1XnEgo— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 24, 2016
Phone calls, pre-trial supervision, post-prison re-entry: just about anywhere you look, private industry has found ways to make money from the criminal justice system. This is a deep dive into the scope and scale of the private prison industry – and the cost-cutting measures that jeopardize security at facilities run by for-profit companies.
This investigation tells the story of the student debt crisis through two people, one is burdened by thousands of dollars in loans, the other wealthy beyond many Americans' wildest dreams from the business of making such loans.
Coal ash bedevils Oklahoma town, revealing weakness of EPA rule, Center for Public Integrity
Delayed and full of loopholes, EPA coal ash rules offer little relief to ash-covered towns like Bokoshe, Okla. https://t.co/e3fNlT2hCv— Talia Buford (@TaliaBuford) June 30, 2016