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Keri Blakinger is a staff writer whose work has focused on prisons and prosecutors. She previously covered criminal justice for Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, the New York Daily News and NBC News. She is the organization's first formerly incarcerated reporter and is currently working on a memoir to be published with St. Martin's Press. She hates the cold and is based in Houston.
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News February 19
The deep freeze has been terrible for many Texans, but prisoners have little way to get warm.
Death Sentences February 4
Raymond Riles has been on death row longer than anyone in America. He’s one of many who have languished there for decades with severe mental illnesses.
News January 19
But will high-tech programs replace “the human touch” when the virus ebbs?
Death Sentences January 14
Feds spent millions to restart the death penalty and in the process revealed much about how they do it.
Death Sentences January 8
Mental illness, childhood abuse and brain injuries affect a large share of those who face the death penalty.
News December 13, 2020
But many Texas prisons don’t have working fire alarms.
News December 3, 2020
Public health experts urge making them a priority—but some push back.
Life Inside November 25, 2020
Between being sober, getting a visit and having a surprise feast with the mean girls in my unit, I still cherish that day.
News November 5, 2020
Unlike many law enforcement unions that endorsed the president, Bureau of Prisons staff argue he's anti-union.
News October 21, 2020
A federal judge ruled prisoners can get the $1,200 checks many Americans received in the spring. Some prison systems are putting up roadblocks, lawyers and prisoners say.