Keri Blakinger is a staff writer whose work focuses on prisons and jails. She writes “Inside Out,” a regular column published in collaboration with NBC News. She previously covered criminal justice for the Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, the New York Daily News and The New York Times. She is the organization's first formerly incarcerated reporter and has written a memoir to be published with St. Martin's Press in 2022. She hates the cold and is based in Texas.