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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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“I don’t understand trying to kill somebody who is already dying,” says the sister of Idaho death-row prisoner Gerald Pizzuto.
Death Sentences April 15
A growing number of conservative lawmakers want to overhaul capital punishment, or end it.
Coronavirus April 6
Despite CDC advice to vaccinate prisoners quickly, two-thirds of states lag behind the general population.
Death Sentences April 5
The men arrested in recent killings in Atlanta, Boulder, Colorado, and Orange, California, could face very different sentences if convicted.
News March 29
Guards smuggle in most contraband, people who live in or work at prisons say.
Death Sentences March 12
Biden vowed to end the death penalty. A recent court filing suggests where he might start.
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.