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DOJ 'Cut Back' on Tools to Fix Policing, Inspector General Finds
The Department of Justice has failed to use its full powers to address police misconduct, according to a new report.
November 18, 2020
As Purdue Pharma Agrees to Settle with the DOJ, Revisit Its Role in the Opioid Crisis
The settlement between Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, and the federal government is the latest in a battle over who is responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis, as covered by FRONTLINE in "Chasing Heroin" and "Opioids, Inc."
October 21, 2020
Amid George Floyd Protests, a Critical Question: Can the Feds Fix American Policing?
As millions of people rallied in the streets this summer demanding an end to police violence, more than a dozen cities were quietly working on their own police reform process — in conference rooms and court hearings.  
September 16, 2020
A Newark Officer Was Filmed Punching Someone. Jelani Cobb Asked a Police Union Head If It Was Justified.
Their resulting conversation in the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police 2020” illustrates the debate over use of force in policing: what’s legal, what’s justified and whether those definitions should change.
September 15, 2020
Michigan Reaches $600M Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Case
The largest benefactors of the settlement are the city’s most vulnerable — the children. Nearly 80 percent of the funds will be distributed to those who were children during the water crisis. 
August 20, 2020
“Opioids, Inc.”: 10 Key Takeaways From FRONTLINE and the Financial Times’ Insys Investigation
Plus, where to stream the "Opioids, Inc." documentary.
June 23, 2020
Race, Police & the Pandemic
As streets across America erupt into clashes over racism during the coronavirus pandemic, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker examines a connection between George Floyd's death and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 deaths among African Americans.
June 2, 2020
Fixing the Force
Explore 20 years of federal investigations of police departments.
June 1, 2020
For Most Women Who Give Birth in Prison, 'The Separation' Soon Follows
Introducing “Tutwiler,” a FRONTLINE/Marshall Project documentary about women in an Alabama prison who support each other through pregnancy, labor and saying goodbye to their newborns.
May 6, 2020
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A powerful and unforgettable window into the lives of incarcerated pregnant women — and what happens to their newborns.
April 30, 2020
Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years for Rape and Criminal Sexual Act
Harvey Weinstein is set to spend the next 23 years in prison for rape and committing a criminal sexual act.
March 11, 2020
Soccer Leaker Rui Pinto Named as Luanda Leaks Whistleblower
A Portuguese whistleblower known for exposing financial wrongdoing in the global soccer industry has now come forward as the source of the trove of documents that revealed the business dealings of Africa’s richest woman. 
January 27, 2020