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Joaquin Sapien

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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.

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How the NY/NJ Port Authority Misspent Millions in Federal Money Meant to Cut Air Pollution

Podcast: Six years ago, the two-state agency pledged to reduce emissions from trucks and accepted $35 million in federal dollars to do it. Today, it has little to show for the money it spent. Writer Max Rivlin-Nadler takes ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien inside his Village Voice investigation.

Alerted to Danger, New York City Failed to Curb Harm at Group Homes

New York’s child welfare agency’s system for “heightened monitoring” of some troubled group homes did not ensure safety.

How Residents Get Ensnared by NYPD Nuisance Abatement Cases

Podcast: How New York Daily News reporter Sarah Ryley discovered that the NYPD was targeting minority neighborhoods in their enforcement of a law that can boot people from their homes and businesses

Foiled by FOIL: How One City Agency Has Dragged Out a Request for Public Records for Nearly a Year

After eight proposed delivery dates, the Administration for Children’s Services still has not provided public records we asked for almost a year ago.

Captive Labor and the Reporters Who Exposed an International Scandal

Podcast: Behind the scenes with the Associated Press reporters who found slavery on the high seas.

Investigation Exposes Failings of Oversight in NYC Group Homes

City investigators say oversight was so lax at homes for juvenile offenders that violent episodes were “all but inevitable.”

Trial and Error: Report Says Prosecutors Rarely Pay Price for Mistakes and Misconduct

The Innocence Project released a report Tuesday alleging that prosecutors across the country are almost never punished when they withhold evidence or commit other forms of misconduct that land innocent people in prison.

Yet Another Scandal Rocks Utah Home for Vulnerable Children

Police raided the home after an employee reported sex among residents and misconduct by staff.

Brooklyn Prosecutors Admit Woman Spent 10 Years in Prison for Crime She Likely Didn’t Commit

The review of a controversial Brooklyn detective's casework has led to yet another conviction being wiped out.

Report Cites Failure to Act Against Abusers of Juveniles in Detention

Amid significant reforms, federal officials worry that sexual abuse in juvenile justice system remains prevalent and too often unpunished.

The Trials of New York’s Family Court

A journalist immerses herself in New York’s Family Court system and finds a mix of misery and modest hope.

Out of Options, California Ships Hundreds of Troubled Children Out of State

One 14-year-old boy’s search for care takes him to Utah as his home state struggles to safeguard its most challenging children.

California Backs off Group Homes, Looks to Lean on Foster Families

As California dismantles its beleaguered system of youth group homes, state lawmakers bet big on expanding foster care.

Los Angeles County Examines Troubled Group Home’s Finances

As a group home for some of the state’s most troubled children prepares to close, county auditors are poring over its finances.

Troubled California Group Home to Close

Management’s decision to close a home in Long Beach ends one crisis, but the state is still seeking answers for dealing with its most troubled children.

Trial And Error: A Man Convicted of Murder Wins Release, and Questions of Responsibility Linger

It turns out Brooklyn prosecutors for years hid the evidence Ruddy Quezada had sought to win a new trial. Who should pay?

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children sinks into crisis.

Capitol Case: Robert Freeman’s Enduring Fight Against Government Secrecy

Freeman, the executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, reflects on seven governors and their records for transparency.

In Rare Step, Workers at California Group Home Unionize

Frontline employees at a San Francisco home for some of California’s most troubled children bid for better pay and a greater role in treatment.

Widespread Problems With Group Home Agency Prompt City to Cut Ties

Boys Town becomes third agency to fail as New York City tries new model for juvenile offenders.
Joaquin Sapien
Read Joaquin Sapien's e-book, Missing: A Boy and the Evidence Against His Accused Killer, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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