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.
At a hearing in Washington, a renewed call for addressing the violence and neglect that plagues group homes for foster youth.
On a question that worried a juror in the Etan Patz murder case, a former cop offers his view.
A blog hosting posts from former and current New York City officers reinforces the worst kinds of stereotypes.
When California’s Department of Social Services investigates reports of serious harm in its homes for troubled children, the results are often deemed “inconclusive.”
How a home for troubled children came undone and what it means for California’s chance at reform.
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.
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
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.
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.
A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.
A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Department of Justice study also shows the number of reports of sexual assaults is rising, but rarely results in prosecution.
After years of frustration and delay, some hope in the fight against sex abuse in the nation’s juvenile jails.
It may take years to assess the lasting damage of Charles J. Hynes’ final term as Brooklyn district attorney.
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