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Abbie VanSickle covers criminal justice in California for The Marshall Project. She has worked as a reporter for the University of California, Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law and a lecturer at its Graduate School of Journalism. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Henry Luce Scholar in Cambodia, where she worked on behalf of survivors at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
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Feature October 15
Growing up, few Black families in Ayanna Brooks’s neighborhood had dogs. A vicious attack reminded her why.
Feature October 15
A series on the damage police dogs inflict on Americans, published in collaboration with AL.com, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute.
Feature October 2
An Alabama man killed by a K-9 officer was one of thousands of Americans bitten by police dogs every year. Few ever get justice.
News July 7
But is it legal? A California appeals court is going to decide.
News June 4
The things that make mass arrests especially awful are now health risks.
Coronavirus May 27
A county trying to reopen its economy wrestles with a virus outbreak in prison.
Coronavirus April 6
California and New York City are booking hotels so homeless people released from jail don’t accelerate the pandemic.
Coronavirus March 27
Despite coronavirus, crowding continues inside California’s system.
Coronavirus March 21
Some sheriffs, prosecutors and defenders scramble to move people from local jails, potential petri dishes for infection.
Coronavirus March 19
Those 55 and older are a growing share of the people in state prisons. They’re also the most at risk as coronavirus spreads.