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Jordan Smith

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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Jordan:

Russian Hackers Have Been Inside Austin City Network for Months

Russia appears to have used Austin’s network as infrastructure to stage additional cyberattacks. → Read More

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.” → Read More

The Fight for Reproductive Justice in a Post-Ginsburg World

The Trump administration has already offered the eight-member court an opportunity to restrict abortion access amid the pandemic. → Read More

How the Supreme Court Could Gut Reproductive Rights Without Ruling on a Single Abortion Restriction

A Louisiana suit threatens to unravel dozens of cases nationwide by blocking abortion providers from challenging restrictions on behalf of their patients. → Read More

As Trump Fans the Flames of Anti-Abortion Rhetoric, Kansas Offers a Cautionary Tale

Threats against abortion providers have often been condoned by the state. Perhaps nowhere does history more clearly illustrate this point than in Wichita. → Read More

Lies, Damn Lies, and Abortion

Recent abortion restrictions notable for their extremity expose the fiction that any of these laws were ever about anything other than intimidating women. → Read More

Oklahoma Bill Would Force Doctors to Lie to Patients by Telling Them That Abortions Can Be Reversed

There is no sound science behind the claim that a medication abortion can be reversed. → Read More

How the Federal Government Undermines Prison Education

Access to education behind bars lowers the odds of recidivism by 48 percent. So why is there still a ban on Pell Grants for prisoners? → Read More

What Brett Kavanaugh’s Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent Reveals About His Supreme Court Agenda

Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court dissent is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations. → Read More

Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week whether to intervene in a case that could lead to the closure of all but one abortion clinic in Louisiana. → Read More

Millions of Women Already Live in a Post-Roe America: A Journey Through the Anti-Abortion South

Across the United States, millions of women live with a legal right to abortion but without meaningful access to exercise that right. → Read More

How Misdemeanors Turn Innocent People Into Criminals

In her groundbreaking new book “Punishment Without Crime,” Alexandra Natapoff brings the misdemeanor system into clear focus. → Read More

Murderville, Part Four: Justice Denied

Devonia Inman has spent 20 years behind bars for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. There are good reasons to believe him. Welcome to Murderville. → Read More

Revisiting the Taco Bell Killing

New evidence points to an old suspect in the murder of Donna Brown. Can Devonia Inman prove his innocence? Welcome to Murderville. → Read More

A Small Town Rocked by a Series of Violent Murders

As Devonia Inman prepares to go on trial for his life, the case against him starts to unravel. Meanwhile three more violent murders shock the town. Is the real killer still out there? → Read More

Who Killed Donna Brown?

A single mom was gunned down at a Taco Bell in Adel, Georgia. Cops quickly closed the case. But did they get the right man? Welcome to Murderville. → Read More

Notre Dame Struck a Secret Deal With the Trump Administration to Deny Birth Control Coverage. Now Students Are Fighting Back.

The Trump administration bypassed the judicial system to negotiate a backroom settlement with 74 religiously affiliated institutions, including Notre Dame. → Read More

A Court Decision in California Threatens to Erode the Constitutional Right to a Lawyer

Countless defendants could potentially be denied the ability to fend off criminal charges should a California appeal court’s opinion survive scrutiny. → Read More

Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control

The rule would discourage Title X providers from counseling patients about abortion and bar them from referring patients to an abortion provider. → Read More

Donald Trump’s Embrace of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is an Absurd Twist on a Failed Policy

Donald Trump, an unlikely champion of abstinence-only sex ed, has increased funding for the failed policy to $100 million. → Read More