ProPublica rounded up some of the best reporting from other news organizations so far this year. What are your favorite mucks of 2015? Share on Twitter using #MuckReads2015.
Dying To Be Free, The Huffington Post, January 2015
As the heroin epidemic in the United States gets worse, addicts are often prescribed standard treatments like 30-day detox and 12-step programs. But these are usually unsuccessful, according to a yearlong investigation by the Huffington Post. Researchers say they’ve found an alternative form of heroin treatment — the problem is, doctors aren’t using it.
Fostering Profits, Buzzfeed, February 2015
National Mentor Holdings, the largest for-profit foster care company in the nation, is home to widespread abuse of children and teenagers. This Buzzfeed News investigation goes inside the company and looks at the shortcuts in care caused by a push for profit.
California Security Firms Stay in Business After Licenses Are Revoked, Reveal, March 2015
Regulators revoke their licenses citing abuses of power, but these California security companies keep operating. Some even get their licenses back. Reveal News analyzed disciplinary orders going back to 2000 and found that dozens of security companies doing business without being licensed.
How Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks, Reuters, April 2015
In a two-part series, Reuters looks at how lobbying efforts have helped stymie efforts to reform the financial practices Dodd-Frank intended to stop, and the system of moving deals offshore that allowed Wall Street to ‘get around’ derivatives rules.
US Military Personnel Have Been Convicted of $50 million worth of crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Center for Public Integrity, May 2015
The Center for Public Integrity looks into a system of corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. service members and finds that they were convicted of $50 million in crimes including theft, rigged contracts and bribery.
Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race, NPR, June 2015
The U.S. military systematically tested mustard gas on African-American, Puerto Rican and Japanese-American troops during World War II — then failed to pay benefits to thousands of exposed soldiers.
Cruel and All-Too-Usual, The Huffington Post, July 2015
When kids go to adult prisons, they are often subject to the same treatment as older inmates. Some states restrict use of force, but most don’t. And officers don’t always have to report cases of force, which in Michigan includes “‘routine force’ used to separate fighting inmates and ‘routine application of restraints.” However, for kids, ‘routine force’ can result in permanent damage.
589 Days to Justice?, Florida Times-Union, August 2015
Jerome Maurice Hayes spent 19 months in jail for three armed robberies that prosecutors couldn’t prove he committed. Despite two alibis, a passed polygraph, and a connection that implicated his brother, he was held for 589 days. This Florida Times-Union investigation looks at how that happened.
Meet the Obscure Company Behind America’s Syria Fiasco, Buzzfeed, September 2015
Belarus isn’t usually considered one of the “nice guys” by the United States and the European Union. In fact, Belarus is typically off-limits to U.S. arms dealers. Purple Shovel LLC, however, did just that and more — with deadly consequences.
The Hard Truth About Cops Who Lie, WNYC, October 2015
Several NYPD officers with “documented credibility problems” have managed to stay on the force. How? This investigation by WNYC looks at how officers “testily” on the stand in order to put “bad guys” behind bars by “tailoring” their testimony or sometimes outright lying.
How Riverside County became America’s drug pipeline, The Desert Sun, November 2015
Riverside County, California, is home to both the largest narcotics hub and the biggest wiretapping operation in the nation. A joint investigation by The Desert Sun and USA Today explores how Riverside became like the ‘Costco warehouse of narcotics dealers’ and why the wiretapping program may not be legal.