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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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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.
Coronavirus May 14
Fatal victims illuminate women’s unique problems in prison, and the all-too-common ways they get there in the first place.
Coronavirus May 11
Coronavirus has made Texas prison food even more gross.
Coronavirus May 4
“I have a bad feeling about this,” says the former mayor of Palestine, Texas.
Coronavirus April 30
A state spokesman says the system has more than 100,000 N95 masks, but it’s unclear how many have been given to officers or prisoners.
Coronavirus April 25
A federal judge called the Bureau of Prisons release process “Kafkaesque.”
Coronavirus April 15
The United States is about to find out as officials struggle to contain the coronavirus.
Coronavirus April 10
Prisoners made furniture and license plates during the pandemic, according to workers and families. Some plants are now making face masks.
Coronavirus April 7
Struggling with “that caged animal feeling” during the coronavirus pandemic.