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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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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.
Coronavirus June 18
The Bureau of Prisons was unprepared and slow to respond. Then officials took steps that helped spread the virus.
News June 4
The things that make mass arrests especially awful are now health risks.
Coronavirus May 30
As if coronavirus wasn’t bad enough, plumbing problems are making life in some Texas prisons even more miserable.
Coronavirus May 21
Just a small fraction of federal prisoners have been sent home. Many others lack legal help and connections to make their case.