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In a Pandemic, Poor Defendants Could Pay With Their Lives

by | Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 11:05 CST
COVID-19 lays bare the fundamental inequalities that a cash bond system creates, and highlights the unsafe conditions our jails and prisons have designed.
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Loneliness in the Age of Coronavirus

As a single parent, I was already struggling with loneliness. Then the coronavirus hit.

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‘Cheer’ Takes an Overlooked Sport Off the Sidelines

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Why a Small Offense Shouldn’t Have Life-Altering Consequence

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A Chain Reaction

Luby’s is in trouble. Can the iconic cafeteria chain endure?

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Up From the Desert

As a child, I hunted for fossils in the Chihuahuan Desert beyond my backyard. Those afternoons shaped the way I think about my fronteriza identity today.

I spent many childhood afternoons searching for sea fossils in the Chihuahuan Desert, finding geologic history strewn throughout the brown and dusty land. My ne...Read More

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