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Beth Schwartzapfel is a staff writer. Her reporting on the criminal justice system has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Mother Jones. She won the June 2014 Sidney Award, the 2016 James Aronson Award, and the 2016 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting, for which she was also runner up in 2014 and 2015. In 2019, a story she co-reported about homeless sex offenders was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
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Coronavirus March 6
Handwashing and sanitizers may make people on the outside safer. But in prison it can be impossible to follow public health advice.
News January 27
New lawsuits by transgender people challenge bans on name changes for those convicted of crimes.
News July 1
A new study adds to the debate over racial bias in risk assessment tools widely used in courtrooms.
Case in Point May 30
An Oklahoma case raises issues about both felony murder charges and high-speed police pursuits.
News May 10
Some doctors are abandoning the long-held belief that treating addiction is impossible without talk therapy.
News April 1
Prosecutors will be required to turn over information to the defense much earlier in a criminal case, among other changes.
News February 11
Missouri lawsuit says that the state’s parole process puts too many people back behind bars.
News January 29
How the Americans With Disabilities Act could change the way the nation’s jails and prisons treat addiction.
Life Inside January 3
“I had no idea if I would get caught. It didn't matter.”