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Maurice Chammah is a staff writer whose work has been published by The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is currently at work on a book about the rise and fall of the death penalty, which won the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Book Award. A former Fulbright fellow, he helps organize The Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers sponsored by the magazine American Short Fiction. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Phone 212-803-5244
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Coronavirus April 3
The case of Patrick Jones, the first federal prisoner to die from COVID-19, epitomizes national debates about criminal justice reform.
Coronavirus April 1
“I tell my husband to keep my son in another room, while I put my uniform in a trash bag and take a long shower.”
Coronavirus March 23
Colorado abolished capital punishment. But COVID-19 is pausing it everywhere else.
Life Inside March 12
"We asked ourselves: Do we want to change our conditions, or do we want to change our circumstances?"
Life Inside February 13
“We took off his wrist restraints and gave him pen and paper. He drew up a storm.”
Feature February 7
Allegations in a Missouri lawsuit shed light on how some jail officials use restraint chairs, which have been linked to dozens of deaths.
News November 13, 2019
Rodney Reed faces execution in Texas despite mounting evidence of innocence and bipartisan support.
The Frame April 22
Vincent Nardone’s work is on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut.
Case in Point April 17
A South Dakota case reflects the national debate on whether execution should be banned for the mentally ill.
Feature March 22, 2019
Can New York City build its way out of mass incarceration?