“Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”

“But abuse by law enforcement inside jails remains largely out of sight and harder to document.” Phillip Garcia was in psychiatric crisis. In jail and in the hospital, guards responded with violent force and restrained him for almost 20 hours, until he died.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jun 16, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,543 words)

It Took Deputies 24 Hours to Find a Body in This California Jail. Its Problems Aren’t Fixed

California has set aside $2.1 billion in funding for construction projects to upgrade old jails, some of which have been branded as having “deplorable” conditions. But a majority of the projects have been delayed due to bureaucratic roadblocks and critical errors in planning. Meanwhile design flaws in the aging facilities have been contributing to deaths of inmates.

Published: Jul 17, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)


Law enforcement across the U.S. use $2 kits to test for drug possession while out on the field, despite evidence showing that the tests routinely produce false positives. The effect on the lives of the falsely accused and convicted can be devastating.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jul 7, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7,261 words)

How Police Failed to Stop Former NFL Star Darren Sharper’s Cross-Country Rape Spree

An investigation into how authorities’ failure to communicate with each other and properly assess victims and rape kits led Sharper to continue assaulting women.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 8, 2015
Length: 38 minutes (9,586 words)