Jordan Smith is a state and national award-winning investigative journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has covered criminal justice for more than 20 years and, during that time, has developed a reputation as a resourceful and dogged reporter with a talent for analyzing complex social and legal issues. She is regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in Texas. A longtime staff writer for the Austin Chronicle, her work has also appeared in The Nation, the Crime Report, and Salon, among other places.
Advocates Challenge Mysterious Justice Department Statement That Undercuts Forensic Science Reform
Democracy Forward and the Union of Concerned Scientists say the Trump-era statement is biased, inaccurate, and runs afoul of federal law.
Providers Sue to Block Law That Would Eliminate Nearly All Abortions in Texas
Senate Bill 8, Texas’s six-week ban, “places a bounty on people who provide or aid abortions,” the lawsuit argues.
Orange County Prosecutors Operate “Vast, Secretive” Genetic Surveillance Program
A DA’s office in California offers plea deals and dismissals for misdemeanor offenses — but only if people give up their DNA.
Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Is at the Center of the Fight for the Future of Roe v. Wade
The Mississippi law is the first outright ban the Supreme Court has considered since the landmark case that legalized abortion.