Juvenile Detention Scrutinized in Contra Costa County
In a highly unusual move, attorneys for the federal Department of Justice and Department of Education weighed in on a lawsuit challenging the way Contra Costa County treats youths in juvenile hall. The lawsuit charges that teens with disabilities are kept in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and are illegally denied special education and rehabilitation services. The allegations have led to finger pointing amid a larger debate about such practices.

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle education reporter
Tom Vacar, KTVU consumer editor
Daffodil Altan, Center for Investigative Reporting producer

Massive Neglect Revealed in Richmond Public Housing
Richmond’s public housing agency has been named among the “worst of the worst” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Residents in some of the city’s five public housing projects complain of dangerous conditions, from high crime rates to rampant infestations of rats, mice and cockroaches. Officials at the Richmond Housing Authority cite ongoing budget cuts, while critics say mismanagement and neglect are to blame. This special report is part of a series produced in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Further Reporting:
Richmond Officials Take Action Amid Outcry Over Public Housing Conditions
Financial Abuse, Mismanagement Leave Richmond Housing Agency Near Takeover
Richmond Public Housing Residents Say They’re Plagued With Filth, Vermin, Mold and Raw Sewage

Coming Out in Pro Sports — An Interview with Rick Welts
University of Missouri football star Michael Sam ignited a national conversation two weeks ago by announcing that he’s gay. If Sam is drafted by the NFL in May, he would become the first openly gay player on a pro football team. Here in the Bay Area, Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts understands what Sam is facing on a personal level — Welts himself shook up the world of professional sports three years ago when he came out as gay. Newsroom correspondent Scott Shafer talks with Welts about his experience as the highest ranking openly gay executive in men’s sports.

Further Reporting: Golden State Warriors’ Openly Gay Exec: ‘What’s the Big Deal With Gays in Pro Sports?’

Juvenile Detention Scrutinized, Richmond Public Housing Neglect and Coming Out in Pro Sports 21 February,2014KQED News Staff

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