Call it Marty Baron’s Last (Pulitzer) Waltz.
The Boston Globe editor is leaving to become editor of the Washington Post in January, but in the meantime he’s leaving this: A three-part series called Justice in the Shadows, which details – in impressive detail – the thousands of “convicted criminals released since 2008 because their native countries would not take them back.”
The first installment ran in the Boston Sunday Globe:
UNWANTED AT HOME, FREE TO STRIKE AGAIN
The vast and secretive US prison system for immigrants, stymied when it tries to deport some criminals, has quietly released thousands, including killers, a Globe investigation shows.
FLUSHING, N.Y. — Qian Wu thought the man who brutally attacked her was gone forever.
She was sure that Huang Chen, a Chinese citizen who slipped into America on a ship and stayed in the country illegally, would be deported as soon as he got out of jail for choking, punching, and pointing a knife at her in 2006.
But China refused to take Chen back. So, after jailing Chen on and off for three years in Texas, immigration officials believed they were out of options and did what they have done with thousands of criminals like him.
They quietly let him go . . .
Chen then finished what he had started earlier, bashing Wu on the head with a hammer and slashing her with a knife. As she lay crumpled in a grimy stairwell, he ripped out her heart and a lung and fled with his macabre trophies . . .
Wu is just one casualty of an immigration system cloaked in a blanket of secrecy that the Founding Fathers could not have imagined, a blanket that isn’t lifted even when life is at risk.
The Globe has dedicated some serious newshole space to this series. Sunday’s real estate review:
And still two parts to come.
Like we said – serious newshole space, serious Pulitzer push.