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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
News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
Inside Out June 10
In its search for a new prison’s home, Nebraska finds few places willing to host.
Inside Out May 20
“It’s using the justice system as a barometer of someone’s worth.”
“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.