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.
Oklahoma’s Total Abortion Ban Will Mean Surveillance, Criminalization, and Chaos
The state’s new ban is the most extreme in the country, going further than Texas’s notorious S.B. 8 by banning abortion after fertilization.
The Fact-Free Logic of Samuel Alito
In his zeal to overturn Roe and do away with abortion rights, the Supreme Court justice relies on deceptive arguments and a regressive read of the law.
Melissa Lucio’s Life Was Spared at the Last Minute. What Happens Now?
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Lucio’s execution and ordered her trial court to consider evidence of innocence.
Whistling Past the Graveyard: Why It’s So Hard to Rid the Courts of Junk Science
A new book by the Innocence Project’s Chris Fabricant charts the rise and fall of bite-mark evidence and “science” in the service of law enforcement.