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“Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge”

Excellence in Local/Regional Investigative Reporting

Nashville Public Radio's WPLN News, ProPublica, 2022

Author(s): Meribah Knight | Nashville Public Radio's WPLN News, Ken Armstrong | ProPublica


WPLN News and ProPublica launched an investigation into the arrests of four Black children, the youngest being an 8-year-old girl, for not intervening when some classmates got into a scuffle at school. The collaborative investigation revealed how the juvenile court system in Murfreesboro, Tenn., had been failing a disproportionate number of Black children for years.