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Friday, September 25 • 8:00am - 8:30am
Cruel and Unusual

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How the coronavirus is punishing prisoners, prisons, and staff.

This session was available to ticket holders of the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival for the duration of the monthlong event.

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Keri Blakinger

Reporter at The Marshall Project
Blakinger is a Houston-based staff writer for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom focused on criminal justice. She previously covered prisons, prosecutors and death row for the Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, The New York... Read More →

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Kambri Crews

Author and Daughter of a Texas Prison Inmate who contracted COVID-19
Crews is a storyteller and author of the New York Times best selling memoir “Burn Down the Ground,” a book about her chaotic childhood with deaf parents, published in 2012. She owns and operates the performance venue Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. Crews has been vocal on demanding... Read More →
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Ed Gonzalez

Harris County Sheriff
Gonzalez has served as Harris County sheriff since 2016, where he leads 5,000 employees in the largest sheriff’s office in Texas. Previously, he served 18 years in the Houston police department as a police officer, sergeant and investigator. Gonzalez also served as the vice mayor... Read More →
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Somil Trivedi

Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU
Trivedi is a senior staff attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project, working closely with the ACLU’s campaign for Smart Justice. Previously, he served as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s fraud section and the U.S attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. Trivedi... Read More →

Friday September 25, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am CDT