• Top MuckReads: Bahrain’s PR, Juvenile Detention and a Jump in Justifiable Homicides

    By Wire News Sources on April 14, 2012

    by Blair Hickman

    Here are this week’s top must-read
    stories from #MuckReads,
    ProPublica’s ongoing collection of the best watchdog
    journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and just
    including the hashtag #MuckReads
    or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. The best submissions are selected by ProPublica’s editors and reporters and then featured
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    Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America, Wired

    America locks up children at a quicker rate than all other developed countries, with about 60,000
    juveniles imprisoned on any given day. Photographer
    Richard Ross spent five years photographing the little-seen conditions inside
    350 correction centers across the U.S.

    How Bahrain Spends
    Millions to Spin the Press
    , Jalopnik

    Since last year’s Arab Spring, Bahrain has been
    beefing up its international PR efforts, signing deals with at least 10 PR
    firms and one editor-turned-flack: David Cracknell,
    former Political Editor for The Sunday
    Times.
    He
    says he worked for a government with a
    “progressive agenda” that “believes in democracy; not theocracy.” But after
    this contract, he won’t be working with the island country again. Contributed by @elliottjustin

    Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as
    Recession Hit,
    The New York
    Times

    After the recession hit, pitfalls of the mid-1990s welfare reform
    started to show. Now, “leading Republicans” are pushing similar
    reforms to other government aid programs, like Medicaid and food stamps. Contributed
    by
    @nhannahjones

    Stand Your Ground Law Coincides With Jump
    in Justifiable-Homicides Cases
    , Washington Post

    After Florida expanded its gun laws in 2005, more than 30
    states adopted similarly broad versions of the Stand Your Ground law at the
    center of the Trayvon Martin case.
    Justifiable-homicide cases have also been on the rise nationwide. Contributed by @kleinmatic

    For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge, The Wall Street Journal

    A controversial law against lying to federal prosecutors
    – often referred to simply as “1001” – is used hundreds
    of times every year – often when the evidence isn’t strong enough to
    warrant other charges. Contributed
    by
    @JessePesta

    How One
    Georgia Town Gambled Its Future on Immigration Detention
    , The Nation

    In rural Georgia, jobs depend on prison contracts with Immigration
    and Customs Enforcement. As the state passed strict laws designed to keep out
    undocumented immigrants, politicians lobbied to keep immigrant detainees
    flowing to a private prison, even as ICE expressed concern about standards at
    the facility. 

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