Amanda Claire Curcio

Investigative reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Formerly wrote for the Tallahassee Democrat, covering education, crime and courts.
Before journalism: U.S. Army staff sergeant; public school teacher; and a social media manager for the Nashville Philharmonic.

More recent bylines

Arkansas youth-jail locks not replaced despite years of safety warnings
The locks that keep young Arkansans behind bars at a juvenile jail in Alexander still haven’t been replaced — despite years of warnings that the obsolete deadbolts posed safety concerns and lawmakers’ promises to pay for updates.

Deadly-force data lacking
In this three-day series we investigated use of lethal force by police in Arkansas. We created a database of officer-involved shootings — 135 people in six years because no one officially tracks the use of deadly force. We scoured thousands of pages of: police reports; prosecutors’ files; federal court lawsuits; academic studies; articles on officer-involved shootings; and key court decisions on police use of force. We also interviewed dozens of police officers, prosecutors, lawyers, criminal justice experts, civil rights activists and victims’ families.

2 youth-jail execs jumped ship
Arkansas plans to pay an Indiana-based for-profit $160 million to run seven youth lockups, despite the company’s troubled track record.

The high cost of a graduation rate
A Florida school district shelled out millions of dollars to private online diploma companies to boost its graduation rate nearly 30 percent in just four years. The superintendent diverted almost exclusively students enrolled in Title I high schools to this online diploma track.


Following

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