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Christie Thompson is a staff writer. Her work has been published by outlets including The New York Times, 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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Feature June 21
Policies for notifying families about inmate deaths vary by state. Some say the process is often inhumane.
Case in Point May 21
After 22 years, Manuel Herrera discovers that it’s complicated.
News April 4
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
Life Inside March 8
A federal inmate feels helpless as her partner’s health deteriorates.
Feature March 7
“Compassionate release” has bipartisan support as a way to reduce the federal prison population and save taxpayer money. New data shows that it’s rarely used.
News January 9
Sessions considers tying the hands of immigration judges.
Quiz December 20, 2017
How well do you remember 2017’s biggest stories?
News September 19, 2017
Faulty and outdated technology is pervasive, and upgrades are slow in coming.
News August 28, 2017
Recent lawsuits claim the agency is targeting people for deportation based on spurious allegations of gang connections.
News July 5, 2017
As a federal program grows, more mentally ill immigrants have access to attorneys.
News June 12, 2017
A new lawsuit alleges poor care for mentally ill inmates at one of the highest security prisons in the country.
News May 16, 2017
Some D.A.’s urge new discretion on pleas, sentences.
News May 10, 2017
For troubled repeat offenders, a chance at a supportive place to live.
News May 8, 2017
Medical care is already bad for immigrant detainees. Will Trump policies make it worse?
Case in Point February 6, 2017
What do we owe an immigrant wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years?
News January 18, 2017
Some deportees gain, too, but no one knows how many are affected.
Feature December 12, 2016
Welcome to Stewart Detention Center, the black hole of the immigration system.
News November 29, 2016
With Trump’s pledge to deport millions, bail hearings become an even bigger issue.
News November 15, 2016
More than $19 million spent on campaigns for top court seats in 27 states.
Feature October 26, 2016
In this federal prison, inmates have a choice: live with a violent cellmate or end up in shackles.
Analysis September 26, 2016
Obama’s promise to focus on “felons not families” has fallen short
The Lowdown September 25, 2016
Ahead of the presidential debate, setting the record straight on a hot-button immigration issue.
News September 21, 2016
Amid a current prison work stoppage, here are five strikes and how they turned out.
News September 6, 2016
A strict new policy begins after "a security violation".
Life Inside August 18, 2016
A prisoner’s world becomes even smaller.
Analysis June 14, 2016
Six reasons you’re likely to be disappointed
News May 24, 2016
The special problem of being a sex offender.
Feature March 24, 2016
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
Justice Talk March 24, 2016
Brush up for our March 30th chat on solitary confinement by reading some of the most crucial journalism on the issue.
News March 16, 2016
After voters oust two prosecutors for failing to hold police accountable, maybe.
News January 5, 2016
“My testimony sent an innocent person to prison…. I absolutely wanted the earth to swallow me.”
The Frame December 29, 2015
A choreographer explores separation and alienation in our prison system.
News December 18, 2015
A roundup of clips and one-liners from one of the most vocal critics of our prison system.
News December 4, 2015
“It keeps replaying on a loop: you smell it and see it and hear it.”
Q&A November 23, 2015
A new documentary criticizes TASER International and the studies behind their safety claims.
News November 3, 2015
An expensive, tough-on-crime race tests the current system.
News October 22, 2015
Editor-in-Chief Bill Keller moderates a White House talk with law enforcement leaders.
Analysis October 14, 2015
A fact check of the Democratic debate.
The Lowdown September 24, 2015
The paradox of “felony murder” laws.
News September 17, 2015
A primer on the complicated road to expungement.
The Rules August 18, 2015
The many shifting definitions of “malice” and “rape.”
News August 5, 2015
The evolving state of voting rights for prisoners.
Analysis July 22, 2015
While prison reform gains momentum, the immigration debate remains “tough on crime.”
Feature June 28, 2015
From the people who live and work there.
Feature June 17, 2015
Why did this undocumented woman spend more than four years in detention?
News June 16, 2015
As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.
Feature June 11, 2015
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
News May 27, 2015
When the test of innocence is withheld.
News April 23, 2015
Baltimore’s chief on policing in black communities.
News April 22, 2015
What diabetics face behind bars.
News April 6, 2015
Who is the toughest judge in all of Wisconsin?
The Lowdown March 31, 2015
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.
News February 11, 2015
Not in Congress. But what do all those anti-trafficking bills actually do?
News January 28, 2015
The Bureau of Prisons tightens the rules at its secretive “Communication Management Units.”
News January 16, 2015
Left and right unite against forfeiture laws. But can they convince the Department of Justice? Update: Yes.
News December 18, 2014 none of your damn business.
News December 16, 2014
A brief modern history of racially motivated murder.
Feature December 11, 2014
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.
News November 21, 2014
Obama’s immigration plan has no room for criminals. But what’s a criminal?
News November 17, 2014
Will Senator Grassley kill the Smarter Sentencing Act?