Neena Satija, Washington Post

Neena Satija

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Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Neena:

Nineteen Austin police officers charged with misconduct during protests, including one who’s running for public office

The Austin district attorney made good on his pledge to crack down on misconduct by police, charging at least 19 officers with excessive force or other misconduct during social justice protests in 2020. → Read More

Inside District Attorney Jose Garza’s campaign to reform Austin’s police department

In just 10 months, the new prosecutor won indictments against nine law enforcement officials. Now he is in a showdown with police. → Read More

‘I do regret being there’: Simone Gold, noted hydroxychloroquine advocate, was inside the Capitol during the riot

The physician, an outspoken critic of lockdowns and other government efforts to stop the spread of covid-19, said she followed a crowd in and did not realize it was illegal to enter the building. → Read More

What you need to know about Dominion, the company that Trump and his lawyers baselessly claim ‘stole’ the election

The voting systems corporation handles elections for jurisdictions across the United States. → Read More

Federal judge allows Texas’s Harris County to count ballots cast via drive-through voting

The court rejected Republicans’ argument that 127,000 ballots in the Houston area were cast through an illegal method and should be invalidated. → Read More

Options dwindle for voters diagnosed with covid-19 as Election Day draws near

These Americans will have to navigate unfamiliar territory and overcome multiple hurdles. → Read More

How Minneapolis police handled the in-custody death of a Black man 10 years before George Floyd

A decade before Floyd’s death, David Smith died in Minneapolis police custody after an officer kneeled on his back. But his case after did not cause public outcry, and officers involved did not face discipline. → Read More

Judges question slow response to coronavirus in federal prisons

As U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo considered releasing James Bess from a federal prison in North Carolina where the novel coronavirus was spreading, Vilardo couldn't understand why prosecutors balked. Bess was nearly 65, with diabetes and heart problems. He was more than halfway through a seven-year-sentence for dealing methamphetamine and had asked the warden only days earlier for a… → Read More

‘Come on, we’re human beings’: Judges question response to coronavirus pandemic in federal prisons

Court records show some judges lashing out at the pace of the Bureau of Prisons’ response and taking action to release inmates. → Read More

Amid coronavirus pandemic, federal inmates get mixed signals about home-confinement releases

WASHINGTON - The early release of about 200 federal inmates to home confinement amid the coronavirus pandemic abruptly stalled earlier this week as the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department issued shifting, contradictory guidelines, interviews and documents show. Some inmates already in pre-release quarantine were returned to cells as a result, surprising families who had been contacted… → Read More

Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help

In their private communications, scientists at academic, hospital and public health labs expressed alarm at the Trump administration’s failure to move quickly and at bureaucratic demands that delayed testing. → Read More

Major funder of the anti-vaccine movement has made millions selling natural health products

The nation's oldest anti-vaccine advocacy group often emphasizes that it is supported primarily by small donations and concerned parents, describing its founder as the leader of a "national, grass roots movement." But over the past decade a single donor has contributed more than $2.9 million to the National Vaccine Information Center, accounting for about 40 percent of the organization's… → Read More

Trump touts law freeing inmates. But the Justice Department wants them behind bars.

Neena Satija on the tensions underlying a major piece of criminal justice legislation. Amber Phillips outlines what comes next in the impeachment process. And Antonia Noori Farzan describes how one town is addressing its “food desert.” → Read More

Late to the party: Even more Democrats enter the race for 2020

Matt Viser on late entries into the 2020 race. Neena Satija investigates the policies that ensnared child migrants in a bureaucratic nightmare. And author Jacqueline Woodson with untold stories about black family life in her latest, “Red at the Bone.” → Read More

A Trump administration strategy led to the child migrant backup crisis at the border

Interviews, emails and memos detailing the strategy show that officials knew that without enough beds in government shelters, children would languish in Border Patrol stations not equipped to care for them. → Read More

NRA group sees backlash over gun auctions in schools

GREENVILLE, Ky. - Parents and students trickled into the Muhlenberg County High School gym on a hot Saturday night as the sounds of cheers and a referee's whistle carried from an athletic field nearby. Inside the "Home of the Mustangs," Friends of NRA was raffling off guns: semiautomatic rifles and handguns, guns with high-capacity magazines and pump-action shotguns. In the past two years, the… → Read More

Vaping industry launches crisis mode after Trump ban

Juul Labs did everything in the power players' handbook to cement its status in Washington. The Silicon Valley startup worked to make friends in the nation's capital. It hired senior White House officials wired into President Trump and the first family. It sent politically connected officials to the West Wing to extol its products. It spent big on lawmakers in both parties. But last week, the… → Read More

The vaping industry has close ties to Trump. His ban still caught them off guard.

Big and small players go into crisis mode to try to protect a burgeoning business. → Read More

How judicial conflicts of interest are denying poor Texans their right to an effective lawyer

For decades, Texans who can’t afford a lawyer have gotten caught in a criminal justice system that’s crippled by inadequate funding and overloaded attorneys. A growing body of caseload data — and a recent lawsuit — point to an even more fundamental hazard: the unchecked power of Texas judges. → Read More

‘I hate this mission,’ says operator of new emergency shelter for migrant children

The Carrizo Springs shelter opened last week to help alleviate cramped conditions in Border Patrol processing facilities, where people were recently seen sleeping head to toe on concrete floors, often lacking access to hot meals, showers, and proper medical care. → Read More