The Justice Department stops investigating an alleged murder covered up by Chicago police for fear of alienating the department head. The State of Illinois sends juvenile wards of state to a large psychiatric hospital where they are left alone with sexual predators, raped, and assaulted.
The Chicago Tribune's David Jackson ponders our journalistic duty to break the "conspiracy of silence" and to bring to light to crimes that would otherwise remain shrouded in mystery.
"In other words, what's happening because of journalism is that the world is getting safer and better," he says.
And the key to investigative reporting? Integrity, Jackson says.