I covered a number of beats. See below.
This investigation is an old one but remains one of my greatest accomplishments. Erick Daniels was just a boy when he was sent to prison for an armed robbery that he did not commit, and he was one of the first in North Carolina prosecuted under a law allowing children to be tried as adults. I tracked down the people and documents that helped prove his innocence and that pointed toward another man's guilt. Erick's lawyer filed my report as evidence in his appeal, and after a court hearing to consider new evidence, Erick was released. Before the hearing began, the judge called me into his chambers before the hearing to tell me he had been persuaded by my work.
A front-page report calling attention to hundreds of New Yorkers who were caught with small, non-criminal amounts of marijuana, or who simply admitted to using it, only to face child neglect charges. Some parents even have their children taken away. The cases were rarely, if ever, brought against white parents.
Local prosecutors around the country partnered with a debt-collection company, allowing the company to send letters on the prosecutors' letterhead threatening jail time to millions of consumers who had bounced checks. But the company's threats, designed to convince consumers to pay exorbitant fees, were not enforced. Prosecutors offices shared in the company's profits.
A front-page report on a move by states to prosecute fewer teenagers in adult criminal courts. The move came in response to an emerging consensus that many young delinquents have been mishandled by the adult court system.
A front-page report on a cadre of lawyers filing a flood of questionable lawsuits citing violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act, only to generate legal fees.
Handwritten letters from New York State prisoners to the New York Civil Liberties Union described the psychological toll of long-term solitary confinement.
An analysis of hundreds of thousands of cases in federal courts found vast disparities in the prison sentences handed down by judges presiding over similar cases, raising questions about the extent to which federal sentences are influenced by the particular judges rather than by the specific circumstances of the cases.
I was part of a team of reporters working on this year-long investigation about how America's patchwork system of death investigations puts the living at risk. Our work contributed to a print story, a Frontline documentary and a radio report for NPR's All Things Considered.