Click here to read my assembled reporting on how the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office works with police to raise millions by seizing cash, cars, and even the houses of people … Continue readingPhiladelphia’s Civil Forfeiture “Machine”
Read my eight-part, ongoing series on now-suspended Philadelphia NAACP President Jerome Whyatt Mondesire and the mysterious nonprofit into which Mondesire desposted checks made out to the NAACP and hundreds of … Continue readingWhy did NAACP money go to president’s defunct nonprofit?
By Isaiah Thompson Published: 08/30/2014 | New findings show what appear to be more than a hundred checks, totaling over $300,000, written out to the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP, but deposited … Continue readingBank documents show hundreds of thousands in re-routed NAACP checks
by Isaiah Thompson, Jun. 12, 2014 For more than a decade, the nonprofit started by Jerry Mondesire got hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state, with most of the money … Continue readingNearly half a million in affordable housing grants to Mondesire went to three vacant properties.
In 2006, Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Mondesire used the name of a separate nonprofit he controlled to apply for $100,000 to restore a youth football field; he reported the work … Continue readingQuestions about grant to Mondesire to restore youth football field. Was the work ever done?
Two elected officers of the Philadelphia NAACP have gone to court to get a look at the financial records of defunct nonprofit at the center of their claims that Jerry … Continue readingNAACP members sue for records
by Isaiah Thompson, Mar. 30, 2014 A look at the Next Generation CDC, founded and operated by local NAACP President Jerome Mondesire, raises more questions than answers. Founded by longtime NAACP … Continue readingThe phantom nonprofit
by Isaiah Thompson on Mar. 18, 2014 New documents disclose that checks written as donations to the local NAACP were deposited instead into the bank account of a defunct non-profit founded … Continue readingNAACP donations went to defunct nonprofit controlled by group president
Local NAACP officers question president over finances by Isaiah Thompson, Jan. 21, 2014 Some executive committee members and officers of the Philadelphia NAACP branch are questioning how long-time chapter president J. Whyatt … Continue readingLocal NAACP officers question president over finances
As featured on NewsWorks Tonight, January 12, 2012. A group of homeless Philadelphians go in search of a place to maintain the tent community they’d built in the relative safety … Continue readingHow Occupy Philly Highlighted Wider Desire for Homeless Community Outside of City Shelters
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Follow Isaiah Thompson on Twitter. Last Friday, a freight train operated by Norfolk Southern Corp derailed in western Pennsylvania, flipping off the tracks and slamming into a steel refinery. No … Continue readingRailroad laws keep safety records in private hands
By Isaiah Thompson Published: 04/04/2011 On Saturday, as neighborhood groups around the city organized spring clean-ups, about 60 neighborhood activists, residents, and city and Conrail workers got down to (the beginning … Continue readingNeighbors, City and Conrail take first steps to clean up Kensington “Wasteland”
Board members of the local NAACP are involved in a dispute with Jerome Mondesire, the group’s president, raising questions about finances and a defunct non-profit community development corporation Mondesire controlled. … Continue readingLocal NAACP officers question president over finances
Law to Clean Up 2018Nuisances’ Costs Innocent People Their Homes by Isaiah Thompson, Special to ProPublica, Aug. 5, 2013, 6:39 a.m. (SEE THIS PIECE AS IT APPEARED ON PRO PUBLICA) … Continue readingLaw to Clean Up Nuisances’ Costs Innocent People Their Homes
The Cash Machine How Philly Law Enforcement seizes millions in alleged crime money — whether there’s been a crime or not. Isaiah Thompson City Paper This story was made possible … Continue readingCash Machine: How the Philly D.A. seizes millions in alleged crime money — whether there’s been a crime or not.
The Philadlephia District Attorney’s Office has so far refused to disclose any details about how it spends and shares with the Philadelphia Police Department the millions of dollars it brings … Continue readingState reports show millions in revenue from Philadelphia civil forfeiture machine
This is an abstract of my research thus far into civil asset forfeiture in Philadelphia. These findings were published in two articles in the Philadelphia City Paper: – – “The Cash … Continue readingFact Sheet: Civil Asset Forfeiture in Philadlephia
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has raised tens of millions of dollars from it’s civil asset forfeiture machine. But how it uses that money is unclear — mostly because the … Continue readingHow the Philadelphia D.A. spends millions in forfeiture money is a mystery.
This infographic, based on an analysis of 8,284 civil asset forfeiture cases in Philadelphia, shows that the Philadelphia D.A. wins the bulk of its forfeiture cases by default, on their … Continue readingTough odds: Fighting forfeiture in Philadelphia is a losing proposition (infographic)