Can We Build a Better Women’s Prison?

Houston Chronicle criminal justice reporter Keri Blakinger — who once served 21 months of a 2½-year sentence for felony drug possession — visits a women’s prison near Austin, Texas, and considers the ways in which women’s prisons don’t take into consideration women’s particular needs. She speaks with those involved in planning a new $97 million building at the prison, which would be “at the vanguard of a growing focus within criminal justice reform known as gender-responsive corrections.”

This piece is included in the Washington Post Magazine‘s “The Prison Issue,” exclusively featuring writing, photography, and illustrations by those who are currently incarcerated, or were in the past.

Published: Oct 29, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,694 words)

The Beating Heart

“Nothing convincingly explains the strange chemistry, the alchemy, that has kept the heart of a sullen, violent, tormented criminal beating for so long in a gentle mother’s chest…Yes, Eva Baisey got a murderer’s heart. But it was also a broken heart. It fixed her, and she fixed it.”

Published: Sep 30, 2019
Length: 44 minutes (11,011 words)

How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

After decades turning their noses at sweet wines with umlauts, Americans are embracing them. One American takes readers on a tour of German wines and wineries as climate change and youthful entrepreneurship alter their styles and reputations.

Published: Sep 5, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,894 words)

America’s Thirst for Crime

A dispatch from CrimeCon, where families and victims of violence collide with the public’s obsession with murder.

Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

Is It Okay to Laugh at Florida Man?

“What it’s like to go viral as one of the Internet’s biggest memes — and the moral complications of laughing along.”

Author: Logan Hill
Published: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,268 words)