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Spencer Woodman

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Past articles by Spencer:

The Wage Theft Epidemic

Thanks to a wave of government cuts, there's no one to stop your boss from withholding your pay. → Read More

40 Percent of ICE Detainees Held in Solitary Confinement Have a Mental Illness, New Report Finds

The report from the Project on Government Oversight builds on an ICIJ and Intercept investigation into ICE’s widespread use of solitary confinement. → Read More

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

Locked for weeks or months in solitary cells, mentally ill and vulnerable detainees are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression, and suicidal impulses. → Read More

A Homeland Security Whistleblower Goes Public About ICE Abuse of Solitary Confinement

Ellen Gallagher's yearslong effort to draw attention to ICE's use of solitary confinement was met with a maze of bureaucratic indirection and indifference. → Read More

Amy Klobuchar's Implant Industry Support Complicates Her Pro-Consumer Reputation

The U.S. presidential hopeful has championed legislation that critics say could put medical device patients at risk. → Read More

Patients Across The World Outraged By Failure To Inform Them Of Device Dangers

More than 2,000 patients around the world say they were not warned about the potential harm related to their medical implant. → Read More

Immigrant Detainee Called ICE Help Line Before Killing Himself in Isolation Cell

Jeancarlo Alfonso Jimenez-Joseph repeatedly brought his suicidal thoughts to the attention of officials at a private ICE detention center run by CoreCivic. → Read More

Michael Cohen scandal a reminder that the U.S. is a tax secrecy paradise

Recent disclosures that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney used a shell company to receive huge payments highlight the country's position as a global enabler of corporate secrecy. → Read More

Immigrant Detainee Accuses ICE Contractor CoreCivic of Locking Him in Solitary Over $8

Arafat Hasan Riad's account is just the latest accusation against CoreCivic for using solitary confinement to manage its detainee labor program. → Read More

ICE Contractor Says It Doesn’t Use Solitary Confinement. Photos of Its Isolation Cells Reveal Otherwise.

The photos are from an investigation into the death of an ICE detainee who hanged himself inside an isolation cell in a CoreCivic-run detention center. → Read More

Will IRS nominee Charles Rettig help rein in offshore holdings?

Donald Trump’s pick to lead the IRS has plenty of offshore experience, but critics question whether his allegiances lie with the tax agency or those seeking to dodge its reach. → Read More

5 digital security tools journalists use to protect their work and sources

Here are five of the most commonly, easy-to-use, recommended security tools to keep your work, and your sources, safe. → Read More

Private Prison Continues to Send ICE Detainees to Solitary Confinement for Refusing Voluntary Labor

CoreCivic officials in rural Georgia locked an immigrant ICE detainee in solitary confinement as punishment for encouraging other detainees to stop working. → Read More

How Blackstone Group Uses 'Fairly Aggressive' Tactics To Slash Its Tax Bill

Stephen Schwarzman, an advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, is CEO of Blackstone Group, which uses "fairly aggressive" tactics to slash its tax bill. Here we publish the documents that detail these maneuvers. → Read More

Wealth inequality ‘crisis’ as richest 1 percent account for half the world’s wealth

Global inequality has worsened since the millennium, with a new report finding the richest 1 percent account for half of the world’s wealth. → Read More

Big U.S. Political Donors Play the Offshore Game

The Paradise Papers leak of offshore records provides a glimpse into the finances of Republican and Democratic contributors. → Read More

Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics

An internal “Asset Forfeiture Handbook” instructs ICE agents on how to appraise property before seizing it. → Read More

ICE Detainee Punished With Solitary Confinement for Shouting “No Work, No Pay”

A Haitian immigrant held at a privately run facility was disciplined for encouraging a work stoppage despite ICE requirements that all work be voluntary. → Read More

These Are the Technology Firms Lining Up to Build Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Program

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations division hosted an "industry day" for technology companies interested in building a new tool for "extreme vetting." → Read More

Palantir Enables Immigration Agents to Access Information From the CIA

According to a set of funding documents, immigration officials can also use a Palantir system to access data held by the Central Intelligence Agency. → Read More