Lawmaker, legislative caucus get paid by Steyer campaign

As South Carolina neared its 2020 presidential primary, a colleague and I uncovered that the head of South Carolina's Legislative Black Caucus received more than $40,000 from the Tom Steyer campaign. The payments lead to a major controversy at the State House -- which even made its way to the debate stage -- as black …

Investigation into South Carolina’s state prison system

After the deadly riot at Lee Correctional Institution in April 2018, I decided to dive deeper into what was going on inside of South Carolina's state prison system. By reading dozens of lawsuits and interviewing about 100 current  inmates via letter, I was able to begin a four-part investigation into the state-run system. From a …

Violent SC inmates mistakenly released from prison, SCDC confirms

After receiving a tip, I confirmed that the South Carolina prison system released several violent inmates years before the intended end of their sentences. Here are the stories I wrote following the revelation:   Violent SC inmates mistakenly released from prison, SCDC confirms Unclear court orders leave prison officials guessing at inmate sentence lengths, employee …

Hurricane Florence: Officials refuse to evacuate inmates, detainees despite order from governor

As Hurricane Florence neared the Carolina coast, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of all zones in coastal counties. Despite the order, two correctional institutions and one jail in the evacuation zones were ordered to keep inmates and detainees in place. I broke the initial story that inmates at MacDougall and Ridgeland correctional …

More cities require solar as prices fall and sea levels rise

South Miami officials say there is one driving factor behind new legislation that requires new construction to have rooftop solar panel systems. Climate change. After President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Mayor Philip Stoddard was left wondering what he could do for his city, which is threatened by …