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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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Life Inside November 25
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
Unlike many law enforcement unions that endorsed the president, Bureau of Prisons staff argue he's anti-union.
News October 21
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.
News October 7
Wardens blocked bids for freedom as COVID-19 spread behind bars, data shows.
Feature August 13
U.S. Marshals are transporting prisoners without testing them for coronavirus
News August 11
In Texas, prisoners are opening their cells to chat—and to riot.
News July 29
Many prisons, especially in the South, are named after racist officials and former plantations.
Feature July 24
An oral history of the first federal execution under Donald Trump, as told by victims’ relatives, prison staff, and others.
News July 13
Mental-health problems, short staffing plague a Texas lockup in COVID lockdown.
News June 19
The Houston shooting has sparked more questions about use of force and what many experts call the failed promise of police body cameras.