2012 Finalist, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

Abused and Used

Over the past decade, more than 1,200 developmentally disabled people in the care of New York State died for reasons other than natural causes. And no one questioned why state workers who beat or sexually abused the developmentally disabled were allowed to keep their jobs. This report led Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to force out the two top state officials in charge of care for the developmentally disabled, the state moved to fire 130 employees found to have abused or neglected patients in their care, and several other changes.

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