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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 March 23
Colorado abolished capital punishment. But COVID-19 is pausing it everywhere else.
Coronavirus March 21
Some sheriffs, prosecutors and defenders scramble to move people from local jails, potential petri dishes for infection.
Coronavirus March 17
“We now have no idea what’s going on inside.”
Coronavirus March 6
Handwashing and sanitizers may make people on the outside safer. But in prison it can be impossible to follow public health advice.
News March 2
Can Texas prisons really stop contraband by banning greeting cards?
News February 25
New judges change courtroom culture as well as bail rules.
News February 11
Confronted with the photos’ lasting impact, some news websites no longer use them as click-bait.
Life Inside November 8, 2018
Charlotte was there for the worst moments of my life. And she was there as I picked up the pieces.