Recent good reads in criminal-justice journalism, with an emphasis on longform narrative stories and original reporting about crime, crime victims, and reforms in sentencing and prisons:
- John Gibler’s reporting from the scene of a suspected massacre of Mexican college students yields a detailed account of what happened the night of their disappearance in Iguana. The answers, implicating Mexican officials in mass murder, add to the sense of desperation that violence has imposed south of the U.S. border. (California Sunday Magazine)
- Holbrook Mohr and Garance Burke canvassed the nation’s justice systems to show that over a six-year span at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect while their families were being investigated by child protection authorities. The reporters’ investigation showed appalling gaps in a system’s ability to protect, or even to know the extent of the problem. (Associated Press)
- Brad Heath continues his excellent coverage of felony fugitives with an update on his long-running series. The latest story shows how 79,000 more fugitives were added in the past 18 months to the list of people whom authorities no longer will pursue over state lines. Victims complain that no one bothered to tell them, much less ask their wishes. (USA Today)
- In the second of three-parts of the series Collateral Damage, on the ripple effects of traumatic violence, Andrea McDaniels shows us what life is like caring for survivors of violence — sometimes for decades. (Baltimore Sun)
- On the blog, I said farewell to the Serial podcast with a post asking its fans to spend their newfound free hour per week sampling from equally or surpassingly good nonfiction crime narrative. I tweeted a few noteworthy Serial recaps, including Josh Levin’s contemplation on how Serial showed the real work of investigative reporting, seams and all, and Sarah Larson’s explanation of Serial’s revelations about reasonable doubt and, ultimately, flaws in our justice system.
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