I recently appeared on WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight and WURD’s Nick Taliaferro Show to talk about my recent story for City Paper connecting the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office civil forfeitures … Continue readingRadio: Talking civil forfeiture, indicted police
In July, six Philadelphia narcotics officers were indicted for running what amounted to a drug dealing, racketeering operation from within the Philadelphia Police Department. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office withdrew … Continue readingPhilly DA seized houses based on indicted cops’ reports
On Sunday, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured an extensive segment on civil forfeiture, a large portion of it touching on the practices of the Philadelphia District Attorney I … Continue readingCivil Forfeiture reporting makes its way to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
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
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)
Click on the graphic below to see an interactive chart depicting the timelines of some of the several hundred cases I selected by random sample for analysis, ordered by date … Continue readingGuilty or Not: Infographic of Forfeiture in Philadelphia
A few weeks ago, a certain flyer began to circulate Center City. On it was a picture of City Council At-Large candidate David Oh, as pictured on the cover of the Philadelphia … Continue readingDigging into the dirt behind a political attack on a candidate the Machine doesn’t want to win.
I’m honored to announce that my 2011 Philadelphia City Paper piece, “Why is Harry Bennett Dead?” has been selected as the first place winner of the Division 5 Pennsylvania Newspaper … Continue reading“Why Is Harry Bennet Dead?” — investigation wins 1st Place Keystone ‘Investigative Reporting’ award
Credit: Isaiah Thompson In 2009, the Philadelphia Police Department purchased 1,000 new Tasers — to be used, in theory, instead of gunfire in appropriate cases. But while Taser use … Continue readingTaser use by Philly cops has tripled — while gun use, instead of decreasing, is up.
Stealing a house in Philadelphia turns out to be so easy you can do it by mail. An investigation by City Paper reveals that despite promises of reform, the … Continue readingGrand Theft Rowhome: In Philly, stealing a house is as easy as signing your name.
In May, 2010 I was thrilled to produce this piece, “Throw the Book at Them,” with This American Life updating my multi-year reporting on sex offenders in Miami-Dade county who … Continue readingThis American Life: The Bridge
When an investigation led a group of public officials to think rock mining companies were behind a benzene contamination, the Miami-Dade county Department of Environmental Protection told them to stop … Continue readingPoisoned Well
Following an attack on Asian youth at a South Philadelphia high school, the Philadelphia School District shrugged off charges of racial violence by calling the attacks “retribution” for an alleged … Continue readingThe Fall Guy: how school officials blamed a racially-motivated attack on one victim.