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The California Report | Monday, Dec 03, 2012, 8:50 AM

Police Ignored, Mishandled Sexual Assaults Reported by Disabled

Many families struggle to care for loved ones with disabilities like cerebral palsy or low IQs. The most severely debilitated often live in state run developmental centers. There are only five now, as California transitions to smaller group homes. But there are still about 1,600 people living in the big facilities, protected by a special police force. California Watch has been exploring the quality of that policing in a series of stories, and reporter Ryan Gabrielson wrote about what happens when families accuse caretakers of sexual assault.

The California Report | Thursday, Sep 13, 2012, 8:50 AM

After Protests, Changes in Prison Isolation Rules

State corrections officials are moving forward with a new plan for handling prison gangs, including changing rules that have kept some inmates locked in isolation for decades. The state operates Security Housing Units at four prisons -- and they were the focus of two widespread hunger strikes last year.

The California Report | Thursday, Aug 16, 2012, 8:50 AM

Young Painkiller Addicts Switch to Heroin, and Overdose Rates Rise

As the street price of pain pills like OxyContin has soared, some teens and young adults are turning to heroin for a cheaper high. Addiction specialists say this trend is leading to a growing number of overdoses in wealthier areas of California, including Orange County.

The California Report | Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012, 8:50 AM

Painkiller Abusers Now Overdosing on Heroin

Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in America, killing 40 people each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In California, there is now a new facet to the crisis: young pill addicts who are turning to heroin, sometimes with fatal results. The trend is hitting hardest in wealthy enclaves around the state.

The California Report | Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012, 8:50 AM

Investigating Assaults on Patients in State Care

Most of California's developmentally disabled citizens live in group homes around the state. But there are still five state-run institutions that house about 1,700 people with severe cerebral palsy, mental retardation and autism. Over the course of the last year, the nonprofit reporting group California Watch has detailed how the in-house police force responsible for these centers often fails to do basic police work after patients are attacked.

The California Report | Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012, 8:50 AM

Questions Surround Handling of Taser Assaults on Disabled Patients

Most of California's developmentally disabled citizens live in group homes around the state, but about 1700 people live in state-run facilities. Over the course of the last year, investigations have detailed how the in-house police forces at these facilities often fails to do basic police work after patients are attacked.

The California Report | Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012, 8:50 AM

East Bay Doctor Under Fire for Prolific Painkiller Prescriptions

Prescription drug abuse now kills 40 people each day across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While addicts often get a hold of pills illegally, the troubling rise in painkiller abuse is also posing thorny questions for physicians who prescribe the drugs.

The California Report | Friday, Mar 09, 2012, 8:50 AM

Diversity In Local Governments Lags Behind Electorate

There are a number of cities in California where the membership of the city council, county board of supervisors, or school board doesn't reflect the racial diversity of the voters. Many factors could explain the gap, but whatever the reason, civil rights attorneys are working to close it, according to an investigation by California Watch.

The California Report | Friday, Feb 24, 2012, 8:50 AM

Abuse Goes Unsolved at State's Developmental Centers

About 1,800 Californians with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other developmental disabilities live in one of five "Developmental Centers" run by the state. The centers maintain their own police force. But an investigation with our media partner California Watch has uncovered something troubling. With official reports of abuse on the rise, hundreds of cases remain unsolved -- even when patients die under suspicious circumstances.

The California Report | Monday, Dec 19, 2011, 8:50 AM

Medicare Billed for Rare Disease in Shasta County

The investigative outfit California Watch went digging through more than 50 million Medicare records over the past year, and found a fascinating story involving Prime Healthcare Services, which owns 15 facilities in California and Texas. According to the bills the chain sends Medicare, one rural California hospital is suffering an epidemic of kwashiorkor, usually seen in drought-stricken parts of Africa.


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