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Christie Thompson is a staff writer. Her work has been published by outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, ProPublica, and The Atlantic. She was the recipient of the 2016 George Polk Award for Justice Reporting and a finalist for a 2016 IRE Award.
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Lance Lowry, who recently retired after 20 years as a corrections officer, outside the Huntsville Unit in Texas.
News November 1
Fewer guards lead to more lockdowns, rising tensions and scant access to healthcare.
Feature September 24
For those found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity and put into California’s CONREP program, strict supervision can last decades.
Demonstrators gathered during a night of protest against police brutality and the deployment of federal troops in Portland, Ore., in July 2020.
Analysis February 4
In Oregon and across the country, protesters charged with “civil disorder” say the vague federal law is unconstitutional.
A pro-Trump mob clashes with law enforcement officers during the assault on the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6.
The Lowdown January 8
Everyone's talking about sedition, treason and conspiracy. Here's what these terms actually mean and how they've been enforced.
An election worker sorted submitted ballots at the Multnomah County, Oregon, elections office on Nov. 2.
Analysis November 11, 2020
Even in states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana possession, Black people are still more likely to be arrested for it than White people. These organizers are working to change that.
Feature November 8, 2020
A new lawsuit claims Black Americans with mental illness are being forced into traumatic emergency room stays.
Defense attorney and state assemblyman Ozzie Fumo spoke at a hearing in Clark County District Court in 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Analysis November 6, 2020
A Nevada state supreme court candidate was one of very few nationwide to run on a message of reform. Most campaigns leaned on “tough on crime” strategy yet again.
Rasheed Lockheart at San Quentin State Prison in 2018.
Life Inside October 1, 2020
I first joined the San Quentin fire department to get my own room, eat well and train dogs. It ended up being the most important experience of my life.
The CZU Lightning Complex fire, as seen from La Honda, California, on August 19, 2020.
News September 2, 2020
“When people are in need, they don’t give a shit where you’re from or what your history is.”
Crisis responders Aana Sundling and Chris Jones visit an unhoused community member in Olympia, Wash., to let them know about a potential shelter opportunity, in July.
Feature July 24, 2020
Riding along with the civilian “crisis responders” of Olympia, Washington.