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Ryan Briggs is an investigative journalist who has covered politics, criminal justice and government policy since 2011. He has worked as a staff reporter for Next City, the Philadelphia City Paper, Philly.com and City & State PA, while contributing stories to a variety of other news outlets as a freelancer, including WHYY.

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Most Philly charter schools failed to test water for lead — and city gave them a pass

The fact that many schools either didn’t test or didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment left some parents uneasy.

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Amid criticism, Pa. law enforcement confiscated $15 million in property in FY 18

This controversial legal mechanism allows police departments and district attorney offices to profit from property seized during arrests, even if a suspect is never convicted of a crime. This property — which is often tied to drug suspects — ranges from cash, cars and homes to jewelry and flat screen televisions.

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY

DA: Philly police sat on 37,000 untested drug samples, prosecutions in ‘crisis’ mode

Officials have known for well over a year that the PPD’s Office of Forensic Science, located at 8th and Poplar streets, couldn’t handle a workload that has grown as the city battles a fierce opioid crisis, along with other drug problems. But the untested samples now number more than 37,000, according to internal documents.  

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Max Marin/WHYY

Philly’s female cops sue police department over civil rights abuses every other month, records show

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Christa Hayburn said sexism is baked into the very marrow of the department.

By Max Marin/WHYY, Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Nina Feldman/WHYY

AG Shapiro distances himself from bill to override Philly DA Krasner on gun crimes

"I didn't seek this law and I didn't advocate for it ... And it doesn't change anything."
By Ryan Briggs/WHYY

N.J.-Pa. Sikh veterans march in national Independence Day parade to combat discrimination

Most of the dozen or so expected participants in the Fourth of July event will hail from New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania, a tri-state region that is home to one of the largest concentrations of Sikh residents anywhere in the United States.

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY

State sends $3.4 million to fight affordable housing shortage in suburban and rural Pa.

“Across Pennsylvania, the need for what we would consider affordable, safe, decent housing exists regardless of your ZIP code."
By Ryan Briggs/WHYY

Cash grab: As asset forfeiture quietly expands across Pa., abuses follow

Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Lancaster, York, Berks, Lebanon and Lehigh counties have nearly doubled their share of forfeited cash since 2012.
By Bobby Allyn/WHYY and Ryan Briggs/WHYY
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