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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.
Twitter @keribla
Death Sentences September 7
As a Texas man sues for his pastor to touch him during his execution, a guide to rights for the condemned.
Inside Out September 2
Officials claim programs provide skills, but critics say there’s little evidence.
Inside Out August 12
Prison suicides have been rising for years. Experts fear the pandemic has made it worse.
Inside Out July 22
In Michigan, getting dental care can take months, even years.
Death Sentences July 16
The case of Rodney Reed — whose innocence claims were championed by the reality TV star — raises questions about celebrities’ role in the criminal justice system.
News July 15
Behind bars, drug use is rampant and uniquely deadly, new data shows.
Inside Out July 1
When coronavirus hit federal prisons, the top officials had no health care experience.
Coronavirus June 30
People who live and work in prisons worry they remain vulnerable, even as life behind bars returns to business as usual.
News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
June 10
In its search for a new prison’s home, Nebraska finds few places willing to host.