Ryan Gabrielson

This key FBI photo analysis method has serious flaw: study

A study published this week casts doubt on the reliability of a technique the FBI Laboratory has used for decades to identify criminals by purporting to match their bluejeans with those photographed in surveillance images, potentially undermining evidence used to win numerous convictions.

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A guide to California’s broken prisons — and the fight to fix them

This story is part of an ongoing investigation into the crisis in California’s jails. Sign up for the Overcorrection newsletter to receive updates in this series as soon as they publish.

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The Joe Arpaio I Knew

For most of Joe Arpaio's two-plus decades as Maricopa County sheriff, he directed operations from the top floor of a downtown Phoenix tower, worlds away from the jails overseen by rank and-file deputies. The executive offices wrapped around an expansive conference room, where I spent weeks in early 2008 with banker boxes full of arrest records, and hanging out with Arpaio himself, a politician who built his career on bashing immigrants long before the rise of Donald Trump.

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Houston Police End Use of Drug Tests That Helped Produce Wrongful Convictions

This is part of an ongoing investigation: Busted 

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How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding in Alabama

In the early 1990s, children across Alabama's large rural stretches still attended faltering public schools, some with exposed wiring and rainwater leaking into classrooms. The education was in disrepair, too. Teachers couldn't assign homework for lack of textbooks. A steel mill announced it would no longer hire local high school graduates because most tested below the eighth grade level. In short, Alabama's most economically disadvantaged students, primarily black children and those with disabilities, were missing out on a basic education.

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Street Hustle: The Truth Behind the 'New' Police Tool for Confronting Fentanyl Menace

Street Hustle: The Truth Behind the “New” Police Tool for Confronting Fentanyl Menace

Heroin overdoses killed thousands nationwide last year — some 75 over just three days in Chicago. The central culprit in many of the fatalities was fentanyl, a lethally powerful compound often added to drugs sold on the street. As a result, health officials have called fentanyl a new public menace, and police forces across the U.S.…

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Unreliable and Unchallenged: Police Field Drug Tests Are Sending Innocent People to Prison

Unreliable and Unchallenged

This story was co-published with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. At the outset of the 1990s, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department began making thousands of arrests every year using inexpensive test kits meant to detect illegal drugs. Officers simply had to drop suspected cocaine or methamphetamine — taken from someone’s pocket or the floorboards of their…

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Police Failed to Stop Former NFL Star's Rape Spree

This story was co-published with the New Orleans Advocate and Sports Illustrated.

NEW ORLEANS—It was 5:06 a.m. on a Tuesday in September 2013 when sex crimes Detective Derrick Williams caught the call. It came from the hospital. It was a distraught woman. She was saying she had been raped.

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Young Black Males 21 Times More Likely to Be Shot by Police Than Whites

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

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California Cops Exploit DUI Checkpoints to Rake in Cash

Sobriety checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers.

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