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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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News May 11
“A judge who deals with prosecutors every day is not going to say, ‘You intentionally discriminated on the basis of race, and you lied about it with pretextual reasons.’”
Coronavirus May 6
Closed courts, faulty technology and delays in post-release programs are among a range of barriers keeping a population prime for release behind bars.
Coronavirus April 22
Reports of domestic abuse in three cities have dropped. But police and experts say that may be a problem.
Coronavirus April 16
Without ventilators, prisons lean on local hospitals to care for coronavirus victims.
Coronavirus April 3
Social distancing is pressing officials across the country to skip traditional methods such as jailing people for “technical violations” like missing check-ins.
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, 2019
A new study adds to the debate over racial bias in risk assessment tools widely used in courtrooms.
Case in Point May 30, 2019
An Oklahoma case raises issues about both felony murder charges and high-speed police pursuits.