DUI checkpoint records reveal vehicle pot o’ gold in California


The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley used DUI checkpoint data to discover police and tow-truck companies raking in millions of dollars in seized vehicles  from illegal immigrants, according to a Feb. 13 report. Reporter Ryan Gabrielson analyzed checkpoint data, car seizure records, census data and other documents to find law enforcement making big bucks from the seizures. See his explanation of how he did the story, including how he used SPSS statistical software to examine whether Hispanic neighborhoods were being targeted. Request to see impound records from your city or county to find out if seizures are up, particularly as local governments are strapped for cash. Good job, Ryan (one of the expert record hounds quoted in our Art of Access book).

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  1. Aw, this was a really great post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get anything done.

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