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Lawrence Agyei

When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse

Some pediatricians are trained to determine whether kids’ injuries are accidental. Their assessments can be subjective—but they’re often accepted as fact. And when they’re wrong, parents can needlessly end up in jail.

Alvaro Dominguez

The Private Option

One company has become the biggest provider of jail health care. Sheriffs are worried: “If you’re the only dance in town, you can pretty much call your own shots.”

William DeShazer

Who Will Hold the Police Accountable?

When a Nashville officer killed a black man, his mother and other activists didn’t just seek an indictment—they fought to give citizens oversight of the whole police department.

An illustration of McFadden overlaid upon images of the Charlotte skyline and two ICE agents
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The Sheriff Who’s Defying ICE

Garry McFadden is taking a stand. But will North Carolina’s legislature strip his office of the powers he’s using?

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Something Went Wrong in Chicago

A white policeman was convicted of murder in the killing of a black teen—an outcome that goes against the many forces aligned to prevent the officer from facing consequences.

Devin Yalkin

His Brother’s Keeper

In America’s deadliest big city, the task of announcing each new murder falls to police spokesman T. J. Smith. One year ago, he confronted a killing like no other.