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 CrisisReopening Missouri Amid the Pandemic Means Executing a Possibly Innocent Man
The coronavirus has stalled executions in other states, but Missouri intends to kill Walter Barton on May 19 — despite unresolved questions about his case.
Religious Freedom Demands That Women Be Denied Birth Control, Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court
Trump’s rules would allow nearly any employer to deny birth control coverage, a costly imposition as the nation heads into a coronavirus-induced recession.
Missouri’s Attorney General Is Fighting for the Right to Keep an Innocent Man in Prison
Despite ample evidence that Lamar Johnson was wrongfully convicted, Eric Schmitt is sparing no effort to keep him locked up as the coronavirus spreads.
The Coronavirus CrisisPrisons Launch “Absurd” Attempt to Detect Coronavirus in Inmate Phone Calls
Jails and prisons in at least three states are using software called Verus, financed by Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy, to scan calls for Covid-19 keywords.