Keri Blakinger is a journalist at the Houston Chronicle, where she covers criminal justice, specializing in prisons and the death penalty.

Previously, she worked the overnight breaking news desk at the New York Daily News after two years at the Ithaca Times.

Her writing has appeared in The Marshall Project, VICE, The Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more.

To contact her directly, email keriblakinger[at]gmail[dot]com or follow her on Twitter @keribla. To subscribe to her podcast, go here.