From Alisa Roth for Life of the Law: There are some places where defendants have no right to legal representation. Prison, for example. Photo credit: Nancy Mullane ...

From Nicole Pasulka for BuzzFeed, the fight for respect for transgender people – in jail. ...

From Beth Cortez-Neavel for The Texas Observer, and the radio show Texas Standard, an investigation of the “highly dysfunctional” and severely underfunded mental health services that foster children are forced to rely upon in Texas.  Many who suffered childhood traumas receive inadequate treatment, with consequences that follow them through life. Photo credit: Beth Cortez-Neavel   ...

(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $79,000 in grants to journalists working on 19 projects in the United States and around the world. With FIJ grants, journalists investigate abuse of power in the public and private sectors. The financial support helps freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, ...

From the team at Oakland Local, a comprehensive look at police accountability, using public records including civil court filings and judgments. The “Oakland Police Beat” database allows public access to original documents and data on wrongful deaths and other police misconduct. Photo credit: Elijah Nouvelage ...

From Nancy West, for VTDigger, the story of how convictions are being overturned nationwide – sometimes after decades of imprisonment – because prosecutors failed to tell defendants that police officers testifying against them had a history of dishonesty or excessive force buried in confidential personnel files. There’s no way to know how many convicts are unaware they were denied their constitutional right to all favorable, material evidence against them. Photo: ...

Santiago Villa, for Confidencial Magazine, investigates and connects the dots between the developer of the Nicaragua Canal and the Chinese military.   ...

(Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has renewed its support of FIJ’s grant-making program for a third year with a $30,000 donation. The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation’s journalism program supports press freedom around the world and seeks to improve the quality of journalism through grants to American journalism ...

From Amy Bracken for Al Jazeera America, part one of an investigation of the working conditions for Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Conditions were supposed to improve under a trade deal between the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and five Central American countries. But Bracken documents a harsh life for Haitians working on the sugar plantations including excessive hours and unsanitary ...

(Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has received $15,000 in support from the Gannett Foundation to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program. For the past five years, The Gannett Foundation has provided support for investigative reporters working with grants from the Fund. Those reporters have exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in the United States, ...