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Posted inNews about Wisconsin Watch

‘I’ll always be grateful’: Support the next generation of investigative journalists

A windowless office in Vilas Hall is known to journalists across the country as the “Northern Bureau.” It’s where I and other University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students learned an important lesson about working as an investigative journalist: It’s not as glamorous as it sounds.

Posted inEconomy

Asian restaurants and Chicago employment agencies accused of exploiting Latino workers in Midwest

The story, produced in collaboration with the Chicago Sun-Times, explores the practices of Chicago labor agencies that provide Latino workers to Asian restaurants across the Midwest, including in Wisconsin, under what the Illinois attorney general charges are illegal and exploitative conditions.

Posted inCruel and Unusual?, Health & Welfare, Justice & Safety

Wisconsin prison officials quietly changed mental health status of inmates in solitary, psychologist says

When he returned from a medical leave in early 2016, psychologist Bradley Boivin discovered a troubling pattern among Waupun Correctional Institution inmates who had been held in solitary confinement. Thirteen of his patients’ mental health classifications had been changed without Boivin’s knowledge — and in his opinion, without proper assessment.