An 18-month investigation uncovered egregious and unprosecuted cases of rape, torture and beatings of patients with severe autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities living at state-run residential facilities. Reporters found that the law enforcement agency tasked with investigating these incidents failed to do its job, even as officers doubled their salaries through fraudulent claims of overtime. This series wound up on the front pages of eight of California’s largest newspapers and the video aired in every major market. One advocate told CIR, “This is the type of reporting that ends up actually saving lives.” Indeed, the state passed new laws, ordered criminal investigations, and created a task force to consider the future of the developmental centers. Experience the series.
Illustration by Marina Luz, "In Jennifer's Room"