federal detention center fence with barbed wire

‘Dying in silence’

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, mandated by federal law to publicize and investigate the death of every detainee in its care, has been using a loophole to avoid full accountability. A recent investigation discovered that ICE underreported fatalities by releasing sick inmates to hospitals, where some died shortly afterward.

federal detention center fence with barbed wire

Morir en silencio

Familias, activistas y la ACLU cuestionan la responsabilidad del ICE en las muertes de detenido.

Exposure: Pollution meets politics

The Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, continues to emit as much as lung-damaging sulfur dioxide as it did before the Clean Air Act was passed 51 years ago.

Overhead view of oil spill in waterway

Damage doesn’t dim CEO pay

Despite spills and air pollution, fossil fuel companies award CEOs for environmental records. For example, Marathon Petroleum’s former CEO got a $272,000 bonus for surpassing environmental goals the same year the company spilled 1,400 barrels of fuel in an Indiana creek.

FEC stuck on the sidelines

Two major court rulings in 2010 fundamentally changed the landscape of campaign finance law in the United States. The floodgates were opened to unprecedented levels of campaign donations, much of it untraceable.

house balancing on crumbling ground

Deferred debt stacks up

A tsunami of deferred debt is about to hit homeowners no longer protected by a foreclosure moratorium.

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Nursing homes scramble for solutions

Many nursing homes face ongoing staff shortages, a problem that predates the pandemic. In Maine, the use of contract nurses and assistants has soared since 2017.

FRONTLINE: Political coverage

From the archives: Programs produced in affiliation with FRONTLINE examined campaign spending, Trump’s trade wars and an ongoing housing crisis that a federal program has yet to fix.