The release of a Texas prisoner convicted on dubious forensic evidence, and of a Michigan teen sent to juvenile detention for not doing schoolwork. Reversed evictions & canceled debt collection suits...@ProPublica’s journalism led to very real change in 2020. (THREAD)
2/ @PamelaColloff’s two-year investigation into questionable forensics practices culminated with the March 2020 release of Joe Bryan, who’d been convicted for the 1985 murder of his wife based largely on dubious blood spatter evidence.…
3/ The story of Michigan 15-year-old Grace, who was sent to a detention center for failing to complete her online schoolwork, led to #FreeGrace going viral online, and to Grace’s release along with an apology from her school district.…
4/ In October, @ProPublica published a comprehensive investigation into Trump White House meddling at the CDC and how it led to one lab sending out coronavirus test kits it knew might not work. Hours after publication, the CDC shuttered that lab.…
5/ While Sen. Richard Burr reassured the public the govt. was prepared to handle COVID, we reported he’d sold up to $1.7M in stock after receiving intelligence briefings on its dire seriousness. In May, he stepped down as Senate Intelligence Chair.…
6/ An investigation by partner @MaineMonitor showed lawyers picked by the state to act as public defenders have disproportionately high levels of criminal convictions themselves. The director of the Public Defense Agency resigned soon after.…
7/ In August, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson resigned hours after a @ProPublica, @adndotcom investigation showed he’d sent 550+ inappropriate texts to a junior colleague.…
8/ Following @ProPublica’s reporting on flawed roadside drug tests, at least five additional convictions have been overturned in multiple states.…
9/ After we reported the Trump HHS approved a $646M ventilator contract, even though the Obama administration had agreed to pay 25% as much for virtually the same machines from the same company, HHS canceled the contract and Congress investigated.…
10/ In May, @LizziePresser detailed how Black diabetics lose limbs at triple the rate of others. Her reporting led to the introduction of the Amputation Reduction and Compassion Act, which aims to end this disparity.…
11/ Seven years after ProPublica highlighted prosecutorial misconduct in the murder conviction of Tyronne Johnson, he was released from prison in Feb. 2020.…
12/ A @ProPublica, @TexasTribune investigation into installment lender Oportun Inc. found it was continuing to sue thousands of borrowers who’d lost jobs during the pandemic but halted the practice after we started our probe.…
13/ A December investigation into allegations of false arrest & sexual misconduct in NYPD’s undercover sex worker stings resulted in lawmakers calling for a halt to the practice and disbandment of the vice squad.…
14/ After @ProPublica revealed NYPD commissioners used their authority to overturn disciplinary recommendations for police misconduct, city council members began drafting legislation to strip this authority from the commissioner.…
15/ Congress temporarily banned evictions in March, but a @ProPublica investigation turned up landlords in several states who were ignoring the law. However, 4 landlords did reverse evictions after being contacted by reporters.…
16/ These are just a few of the dozens of examples highlighted in our 2020 Annual Report of impact resulting from reporting by @ProPublica and our Local Reporting Network partners around the country.…
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