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Voice of San Diego

Rudy Delgado's friend, Aaron "Kurtis" Voorhies, was killed in a hit and run accident while walking Delgado's dog Minnie. Sam Hodgson/ Voice of San Diego

Rudy Delgado’s friend, Aaron “Kurtis” Voorhies, was killed in a hit and run accident while walking Delgado’s dog Minnie. Sam Hodgson/ Voice of San Diego

The photo you see above is from a series I’ve been working on about hit-and-runs in San Diego:

The Ochberg Society 

Aaron Hicks sits on the steps near his Madison apartment shortly after release from a 51-day jail stay. From January 2011 to November 2012, Hicks was arrested at least 12 times for parole violations related to his GPS monitor, spending 74 days in custody. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Aaron Hicks sits on the steps near his Madison apartment shortly after release from a 51-day jail stay. From January 2011 to November 2012, Hicks was arrested at least 12 times for parole violations related to his GPS monitor, spending 74 days in custody. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The Things That Carry Us. I wrote a story about being convicted of a felony, spending a year in jail, and (slowly) becoming an investigative reporter. Here’s one paragraph that gets at the meat of why I wanted to explore this:

“It felt like a terrible irony. Journalism had offered me a voice, and with it, the thread to sew my life back together. But once I started to recover, I couldn’t write about the one topic I understood down to my bones.” May, 2014.

The New York Times

A sheriff’s deputy stopped a car outside Ajo, Ariz., where local officers try to enforce national drug and immigration policies while also policing the town. Alex Wroblewski for The New York Times

A sheriff’s deputy stopped a car outside Ajo, Ariz., where local officers try to enforce national drug and immigration policies while also policing the town. Alex Wroblewski/The New York Times

Near the Border, a Few Deputies Are Outnumbered by Drugs and Bodies. At a remote desert outpost two hours from Tucson, sheriff’s deputies deal with a grinding daily routine amid the harsh desperation of drug-smuggling and illegal border crossings. June 9, 2013.

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Sam Hadaway stands on a Milwaukee overpass near where the body of Jessica Payne, 16, was discovered in 1995. Hadaway says he was pressured by police to plead to a lesser crime and falsely implicate Chaunte Ott in the teenager’s murder. Ott was later exonerated by DNA evidence. Mario Koran/WCIJ

Sam Hadaway stands on a Milwaukee overpass near where the body of Jessica Payne, 16, was discovered in 1995. Hadaway says he was pressured by police to plead to a lesser crime and falsely implicate Chaunte Ott in the teenager’s murder. Ott was later exonerated by DNA evidence. Mario Koran/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

When Lies Lead to Wrongful Convictions. “Snitches” are seen by many criminal justice experts as a weak link in the justice system — and as a leading source of wrongful convictions. This piece examines the problem through the story of Sammy Hadaway. Nov. 2013

"There are times when I'€™m afraid to leave whatever room I'€™m in, even to go to the bathroom," says James Morgan, who served 26 years in prison for sexual assault and other crimes. "I'€™m afraid an alert will go off and the police will show up at my door."€ Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

“There are times when I’€™m afraid to leave whatever room I’€™m in, even to go to the bathroom,” says James Morgan, who served 26 years in prison for sexual assault and other crimes. “I’€™m afraid an alert will go off and the police will show up at my door.”€ Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Lost Signals, Disconnected Lives. Offenders and their advocates say that GPS breakdowns waste taxpayers’ money with unnecessary police work and lockups, and hamper offenders’ efforts to restore relationships with their families and retain jobs. The DOC said the system is reliable, but released few details to back that up. March 24, 2013.

Story impact: Lawmakers ask tough questions about state’s GPS tracking system. Ten days after the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism released a report on problems with the state’s GPS offender monitoring system, corrections committee chair — Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay — called a legislative hearing on the subject. April 4, 2013

Finally, as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, the Legislature’s budget committee voted to scale back a planned expansion of the state’s GPS monitoring program, citing reliability concerns raised in the story.

Sonni Lauren takes a break while bartending at the Liberty Bell Chalet in Hurley, Wis. on July 6, 2012. Lauren has lived in Hurley her entire life where she works in her family's restaurant.  Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Sonni Lauren takes a break while bartending at the Liberty Bell Chalet in Hurley, Wis. on July 6, 2012. Lauren has lived in Hurley her entire life where she works in her family’s restaurant. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Would young people stay in rural area for mining jobs? In Iron County, which lost one of every seven residents from 2000 to 2010, residents say a controversial taconite mine may be the only way to reverse devastating population loss. Oct. 7, 2012.

Ryan Metz adjusts his hate while watching his team, the Marshfield Chapparels, compete on July 11, 2012, in Marshfield, Wis.  Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center  for Investigative Journalism

Ryan Metz adjusts his hate while watching his team, the Marshfield Chapparels, compete on July 11, 2012, in Marshfield, Wis. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

A young mayor strives to rebuild jobs lost in paper mills. In Wood County, where almost half of the paper industry jobs disappeared during the past decade, local leaders are using a regional approach to boost existing industries. Oct. 8, 2012.

Alex Vasquez, 15, jumps on his trampoline to dunk a basketball during a game against his cousin, Jordi Acosta, 19, in Abbotsford, Wis., on July 8, 2012. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Alex Vasquez, 15, jumps on his trampoline to dunk a basketball during a game against his cousin, Jordi Acosta, 19, in Abbotsford, Wis., on July 8, 2012. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Hispanic immigrants help rural county stave off population dip. Dairy farmer Jeremy Meissner and farm manager Huron Mireles are part of the reason Clark County’s population is growing while nearby counties’ levels are declining. Oct. 9, 2012.

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