The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism projects

Pennsylvania’s About-Face

In the Keystone State more than 500 juveniles served sentences of life without parole. Today many of them have been resentenced, many to time served.

Meet The Juvenile Lifers

Earl Young and Calvin McNeill went to prison determined to win parole. They have spent a combined 72 years behind bars.

The Victims’ Side

Juvenile lifers have committed horrible crimes that have stolen loved ones from their families. How do we deal with their pain?

The Glendening Effect

Former Gov. Parris Glendening’s “life means life” policy changes criminal sentences for hundreds of prisoners. It is a decision he calls “a mistake,” but its impact continues to this day.

Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide

Urban heat islands vividly illustrate the price humans will pay in the world’s growing climate crisis. With an abundance of concrete and little shade, they get hotter faster and stay hotter longer. And the people who live there are often sicker, poorer and less able to protect themselves.

In urban heat islands, climate crisis hits harder

In Baltimore, the burden of rising temperatures isn’t shared.

Health risks rise with the temperature

For people with chronic health conditions, heat and humidity is more than a summer nuisance.

No trees, no shade, no relief as climate heats up

Poor neighborhoods in Baltimore have far less tree canopy than wealthier neighborhoods.

Global warming will be costly and neighborhoods must do more

Are government leaders and residents ready to act?