Maurice Chammah

crime

I'm on Death Row for Punching a Man

After three decades, I feel like I’m dying a slow death.
J.T. Kirksey
9.28.18
Life Inside

How I Stayed Out of a Gang When My Dad Was Arrested

Selling drugs seemed like such an easy way to help your family with money. But I was small for my age and feared getting "jumped" as part of gang initiations.
Kevin
5.14.18
Life Inside

We Were Wrongfully Convicted of Killing Cops and Now We're Married

From sentenced to death for crimes we didn't commit to 'Til Death Do Us Part.
Maurice Chammah
12.1.17
crime

Why Did America's Execution Machine Slow Down?

A new book explores the slow demise of the ultimate punishment in a country that has a history of celebrating it.
Maurice Chammah
10.4.17
Charlottesville

Viral Sleuthing Could Make It Harder to Prosecute White Supremacists

An internet posse can help police find suspects, but also give defense lawyers a way to argue a case is tainted.
Maurice Chammah
Simone Weichselbaum
8.16.17
crime

The 'To Catch a Predator' Guy Has a New Show and No Regrets

Chris Hansen has taken some flak for his aggressive anti-pedophile tactics, but he's not backing down.
Maurice Chammah
1.24.17
News

These Prosecutors Campaigned for Less Jail Time and Won

Reform advocates on the left and right saw the races as proof that the politics of criminal justice are in flux—and they should stay that way, despite Trump's win.
Maurice Chammah
11.10.16
Stuff

Inmates Explain How They'd Run Prisons

A new report on how Texas prisons can improve is unique: It was written solely by prisoners.
Maurice Chammah
10.25.16
Stuff

Meet the Social Media Editor for America's Prisoners

For up to 100 hours a week, Renea Royster helps prison inmates post on Facebook, meet women, and keep track of fantasy sports, among other projects.
Maurice Chammah
6.30.16
Stuff

Do Public Defenders Spend Less Time on Black Clients?

"Implicit bias" may not affect only judges, cops, and prosecutors, but also the lawyers defending America's poor.
Maurice Chammah
5.4.16
News

German Prisons Are Kinder, Gentler and Safer Than the Ones in America

As a recent touring group of US officials found out, German inmates wear their own clothes, cook their own meals and aren't put in solitary for more than eight hours at a time.
Maurice Chammah
7.11.15
News

​The Stiff Competition to Work in German Prisons

In Germany, where citizens actually compete with one another to work for prisons, some states require applicants to score over 100 on an IQ test to even qualify for the job.
Maurice Chammah
6.23.15
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