Fort Worth spends six times more on criminal justice than community services.
Michelle Pitcher is a staff writer at the Texas Observer, covering criminal justice, housing, and education. She received her master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and was part of the team at The Marshall Project that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, FiveThirtyEight, The Dallas Morning News, and more. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas and is now based in Austin.
Articles by Michelle Pitcher
Federal grants are rebooting higher education behind bars, but the benefits aren't evenly distributed to all of the incarcerated.
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While he's not a "singular-issue" politician, "for these parents … there’s no issue out there that matters if you don’t have your kid.”
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In a new memoir, a mother recounts the trauma of being investigated for supporting her trans daughter.
The convicted man’s lawyer called the prospect of his execution “an ugly spectacle.”
“Texas has a long history with the use of unreliable evidence. [It also has made] unique efforts to address that searing history.”
One of the people who voted to convict Kosoul Chanthakoummane said the condemned man’s appeal deserved to be heard.
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