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Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith is an award-winning investigative journalist covering criminal justice and women's health – and hopes the two areas never overlap.

217 articles in 2008   •   page 1 of 6

Yogurt Shop Murders: New DNA Test Results Reported to Defense

Attorneys for defendants Robert Springsteen and Michael Scott get results from latest round of DNA testing

News Daily, Dec. 31, 2008 4:48 PM

No Relief for Rodney Reed

The piecemeal appeals process isn't doing the death row inmate any favors

News Feature, Dec. 26, 2008

Reefer Madness

Are Kids Really Kicking the Habit?

News Column, Dec. 26, 2008

Rick Perry Gets a Life

Perry drives anti-abortion license plate proposal

News Feature, Dec. 26, 2008

Executions Maintain Steady Clip

When it comes to the death penalty, Texas throws caution to the wind

News Feature, Dec. 19, 2008

APD Blood-Draw Plan Needles Opponents

APD moving full speed ahead on plan to draw blood from people suspected of driving while drunk

News Feature, Dec. 19, 2008

Police Use of Force Declined in 2007

The number of times police used force against Austin residents declined last year

News Daily, Dec. 18, 2008 9:06 AM

Court Denies Rodney Reed Appeal

Death row inmate Rodney Reed still denied relief in courts

News Daily, Dec. 17, 2008 9:37 AM

Obama Team Says No to Pot

Obama transition team says "no" to legalizing pot

News Daily, Dec. 16, 2008 11:15 AM

Prison Population Increases...Again

For at least the ninth year, the U.S. prison population increased in 2007

News Daily, Dec. 12, 2008 11:13 AM

Public Safety Likely to Avoid Big Budget Cuts

Local public-safety agencies will be asked to trim, rather than hack, their respective budgets

News Feature, Dec. 12, 2008

Reefer Madness: Bush Pardons Hip-Hop Artist

John Forté was dealt harsh sentence under draconian drug law

News Column, Dec. 12, 2008

Cultural Studies

Gifting books without boundaries

Books Feature, Dec. 12, 2008

City Settles Rocha Case

City approves $1 million settlement for the family of Daniel Rocha

News Daily, Dec. 11, 2008 3:57 PM

Capital Convictions Decline in 2008

Capital convictions are down, but the death machine is still busy

News Daily, Dec. 10, 2008 9:38 AM

NoDak Hempsters Moving Forward

News Daily, Dec. 9, 2008 8:41 AM

Supremes Let Stand California Medi-Pot Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Garden Grove, Calif., challenging a lower court ruling that a medi-pot patient should get back his seized stash

News Daily, Dec. 8, 2008 11:49 AM

Ethics Commission Fines Hecht

Texas Supreme will have to pay $29,000 fine for accepting a donation larger than the law allows, and for failing to report it

News Daily, Dec. 5, 2008 11:58 AM

Firefighters Give Contract the Axe

The contract would've helped the chief diversify the department – a bad thing, apparently

News Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Cops Say Legalize It

New report from drug-reform cops with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says the time is right to legalize -- and regulate -- drugs

News Daily, Dec. 2, 2008 5:19 PM

APD Scores Low on Police Lineup Procedures

The Justice Project cites police department shortcomings when it comes to eyewitness identification of suspects

News Feature, Nov. 28, 2008

Reefer Madness: The DEA's Dopiness

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is blocking North Dakota farmers' right to grow industrial hemp

News Column, Nov. 28, 2008

R.I.P. Rooster

Rooster, a 12-year veteran APD drug sniffing pooch passed away Nov. 20

News Daily, Nov. 24, 2008 4:50 PM

Another Anti-Pot Presidential Appointment?

Obama's reported pick to head the transition at the ONDCP is a medi-pot foe.

News Daily, Nov. 24, 2008 11:58 AM

Campfire Horror Story

How Carole Keeton Strayhorn and the state destroyed a healing camp for kids

News Feature, Nov. 21, 2008

Strayhorn on Woodside Trails

Former comptroller defends her actions on foster care

News Feature, Nov. 21, 2008

Pot Might Reduce 'Memory Impairment'

Could pot help prevent Alzheimer's? OSU research say it might.

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2008 3:29 PM

APD Among Texas Police Agencies With Poor Eyewitness ID Procedures

The Justice Project says Texas police agencies are way behind in implementing best practices that can decrease the incidence of mistaken identification.

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2008 2:03 PM

Holder Versus Obama on Man-Min Sentences

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2008 1:25 PM

Reefer Madness: Even More Popular Than Obama

Voters turned out in record numbers for a certain plant

News Column, Nov. 14, 2008

TDCJ Officials on Whitmire's Hot Seat

News Daily, Nov. 13, 2008 10:18 AM

Ellis Leads the Pre-Filed Bill Pack

News Daily, Nov. 10, 2008 12:59 PM

Successful and Smoke Pot? Stand Up and Be Counted

The feds say pot smoking and success don't go hand-in-hand. I think the president might disagree....

News Daily, Nov. 10, 2008 12:36 PM

No Knock and No Crack, Pt. 4

Was the drug raid that took life of 92-year-old in Atlanta in 2006 caused by a quota system at police department?

News Daily, Nov. 10, 2008 11:25 AM

Travis Bench Is Solid Blue

Dems pick up another local judicial post, plus another high-court seat

News Feature, Nov. 7, 2008

Yogurt Shop Murders: A Rare Moment of Amity

The DNA evidence may still be an unknown, but at least both sides now know – and agree on – what to do with it

News Feature, Nov. 7, 2008

Is Memory Hijacking Texas' Justice System?

Eyewitness identification methods based on false assumptions about memory are putting innocent people behind bars

News Feature, Nov. 7, 2008

SWAT Action Closes Schools

Seven campuses in Northeast Austin are closed as police hunt for two suspects connected to early morning shooting

News Daily, Nov. 6, 2008 9:01 AM

Third Base for the Home Run

News Daily, Nov. 4, 2008 10:43 PM

Jones Ahead in Third Court Race

With just 16% of vote counted, Woodie Jones is cautiously optimistic

News Daily, Nov. 4, 2008 9:00 PM

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