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.
The Coronavirus CrisisHow the Pandemic Exposed the Failures of Capital Punishment
Will Trump’s execution spree, court shutdowns, and the toll of Covid-19 hasten the demise of the death penalty?
The Florida Supreme Court Is Radically Reshaping Death Penalty Law
The newly conservative court has overturned decades of precedent that provided a check on unconstitutional death sentences.
Russian Hackers Have Been Inside Austin City Network for Months
Russia appears to have used Austin’s network as infrastructure to stage additional cyberattacks.
How the Criminal Justice System Fails People With Mental Illness
“I found your baby,” Michelle Durden recalls the police officer saying after her son went missing. “He’s alive. And he’s in jail.”