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Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

New data tracks polling place locations for 37 states

The Center for Public Integrity is releasing a dataset of polling place locations used in the 2020 general election to help journalists and researchers analyze access to the ballot box and the potential impact of a slew of changes to state election laws.  The new data release, available via Github, includes polling place locations and […]

Posted inHousing in Crisis

HUD got $9 billion to combat COVID-19 impacts. Only a quarter has been spent.

Tucked in the massive pandemic relief act in March 2020 was about $9 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to divvy up between cities and states for housing-related coronavirus fallout. The funds could be used on rental assistance for tenants struggling to pay their landlords, housing homeless people in safe, sanitary […]

Posted inCriminalizing kids

Students wanted police out of schools. The replacements have guns.

In June 2020, amid protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, school districts across the nation began to reexamine their relationships with law enforcement agencies. Denver was among the districts that ended contracts with police and pulled school resource officers off its campuses. Padres & Jôvenes Unidos, a Denver-based […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

The evidence is piling up that pregnant people should get vaccinated

There’s a long list of things pregnant people are taught to avoid: soft cheeses, cat feces, sushi.  So perhaps it’s no surprise so many expectant mothers are wary of a new vaccine: Only 34% of pregnant women are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even as nearly […]

Posted inWatchdog newsletter

Indigenous solutions to climate change could inform nationwide policies

Following heavy rainfall earlier this week, Northwest Washington residents rescued neighbors in fishing boats on washed-out roads. Rising flood waters closed most routes to and from the peninsula where the Lummi Nation Reservation is located. Aerial footage of the area showed houses surrounded by several feet of water, like islands in a sea of flood […]

Posted inCheated at Work

This year at USPS: Mail slowdowns, big executive bonuses for DeJoy and others

The U.S. Postal Service paid its top executives more in bonuses and perks last year than at any other point in the past decade, adding up to $370,622 in extra income for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and four of his deputies, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of the agency’s financial disclosures.  DeJoy […]

Posted inWatchdog newsletter

Addressing school safety fears could have unintended consequences

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s promise to add more police officers in schools could have unintended consequences for the state’s children.  New research from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University found that school resource officers can reduce some forms of violence, such as fights and physical assaults.  But those benefits come with tradeoffs: increased absenteeism, especially […]

Posted inHealth

New research links racism to higher preterm birth rates in Black women

Based at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, The Journalist’s Resource, where this piece was originally published, examines public policy news topics through a research lens — and research through a journalistic lens. Its goal is to get more high-quality research into the media and to summarize and contextualize high-quality research on newsy public policy topics. Two […]

Posted inWatchdog newsletter

In the rural South, poor health tied to systemic racism and legacy of slavery

The legacy of slavery looms large in the rural South.  After the Civil War, Jim Crow and a sharecropping system robbed Blacks of wealth and power. Violence and other government-sponsored segregation disenfranchised many Black Southerners until a critical triumph of the Civil Rights movement — the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That same year, Medicaid […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Subject of Public Integrity investigation cited over prison banking practices

A private contractor has been ordered to pay restitution over predatory prison banking practices similar to those exposed in a Center for Public Integrity investigation. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 19 ordered JPay, a company that provides financial services to prisons and jails across the country, to pay a $2 million fine […]

Posted inFuture of Warfare

The US nuclear arsenal is becoming more destructive and possibly more risky

A sophisticated electronic sensor buried in hardened metal shells at the tip of a growing number of America’s ballistic missiles reflects a significant achievement in weapons engineering that experts say could help pave the way for reductions in the size of the country’s nuclear arsenal but also might create new security perils. This story also […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

FOIA and fact checking: Essential to investigative reporting

The Center for Public Integrity is one of the oldest nonprofit news organizations in the country, and Research Editor Peter Newbatt Smith is its longest-serving employee. He’s at the center of two critical aspects of Public Integrity’s investigative journalism — overseeing the newsroom’s rigorous fact checking process, and pressing government agencies to comply with the […]

Posted inInequality

Officials announce new mortgage discrimination enforcement

This story was reported by The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom investigating the effects of technology on society. Citing a recent investigation by The Markup as evidence of a nationwide problem, the U.S. Department of Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies announced a new initiative Friday to combat discriminatory mortgage lending practices. At the […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Public Integrity joins argument in free press court case

The Center for Public Integrity has joined Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and three other nonprofit news organizations in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a press freedom case.  In the case of CoreCivic Inc., v. Candide Group LLC, the brief argues for affirming […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

An investigative reporter’s duty to confront ‘inconvenient truths’

Racial, gender and economic disparities in education is a key focus of the Center for Public Integrity’s investigative journalism about the causes and effects of inequality in the U.S. Senior Reporter Corey Mitchell brings more than a decade of experience to the education beat.  Prior to joining Public Integrity, Mitchell was associate editor and a […]

Posted inWatchdog newsletter

Underreporting undermines accountability about police and schools

Public Integrity’s recent report, “When schools call police on kids,” showed that nearly 230,000 students were referred to law enforcement across the country during the 2017-18 school year and more than 50,000 were arrested.  But our reporting also revealed something else: the numbers likely were far worse.  Some of the nation’s largest school districts had […]

Posted inCheated at Work

El robo de salarios es peor en industrias con muchos inmigrantes

This story also appeared in Associated Press and Univision Audelia Molina, una inmigrante mexicana, ganaba 10 centavos por cada prenda que cortaba en una fábrica de Los Ángeles, la capital estadounidense del ensamblaje de ropa. Su salario era tan miserable que empezó a trabajar 11 horas por día para incrementar su producción. Cuando pidió un […]