From Missouri, the legacy of a residential treatment facility for boys and young men, and stories of an abusive regime of “tough love.” Maurice Chammah, reporting for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, talks to the teens who lived there about the memories that haunt them. He also talks with the staff who tried to maintain control. Photo credit: Maurice Chammah. ...

From Cameroon, Christiane Badgley reports for Foreign Policy on the bulldozing of forest land for plantations of trees which produce an oil used as biofuel, and for household purposes such as cooking.  “The world is upside down,” the founder of a Cameroon NGO told Badgley, because the country has to import $600 million worth of food each year, while striking ...

(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded nearly $80,000 in grants to support journalists working on 18 projects in the United States and abroad. The journalists are investigating negligence, corruption, and abuse of power in fields such as mental health, government contracting, and criminal justice. Since 1969, FIJ has supported independent investigative reporters with grants that cover ...

IowaWatch reports on the behind-the-scenes money in the battle to curb payday lending in Iowa: Campaign contributions to Iowa legislators from payday loan-associated donors totaled over $480,000 between 2003 and 2013, according to Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board data collected by IowaWatch. An additional $800,000 has flowed into the state as payday loan companies and interest groups contract lobbyists ...

New America Media has published a special investigative report on sea levels rising in immigrant and minority communities in Northern California. In conjunction with several Bay Area ethnic media outlets, the New America Media reporters found that low income communities were particularly vulnerable, without resources to insure against loss, recover from storms, or – the most basic – to flee in ...

(Washington)  The Fund for Investigative Journalism is currently accepting grant proposals to investigate stories in the United States and abroad. The Fund supports work done in all media. The deadline for applications is Monday, September 8 at 5pm Eastern Time. From this home page, click on “Apply for a Grant” for detailed instructions. If you have further questions about the ...

Amanda Wilson has the story of a North Carolina town that found new purpose after the Cannon towels mill shut down. That is: supplying human subjects for medical research projects far into the future. For Pacific Standard, she reports: The  spinoff is a joint venture with LabCorp, one of the largest clinical lab testing firms in the U.S. In the partnership, Duke brings biological material ...

Graham Kates of The Crime Report has found that environmental violations are rarely prosecuted by the federal government. An excerpt: …an analysis by The Crime Report of thousands of records compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reveals that enforcement of corporate environmental crime remains extremely rare. More than 64,000 facilities are currently listed in agency databases as being in violation ...