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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.

270 articles in 2009   •   page 1 of 7

APD Dismissal: Religion, Incompetence ... or Psychological Misconduct?

Forced resignation of officer raises questions about APD procedures

News Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

APD Implements Suggested 'Action Items'

Acevedo agrees with all but four DOJ recommendations

News Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

City Still Mired in Tires

Documents reflect management problems within Fleet Services

News Feature, Dec. 25, 2009

Court Says No to Hemp

After years of legal wrangling, appeals court rules against North Dakota farmers

News Daily, Dec. 23, 2009 10:05 AM

Crime Declines

FBI reports a decrease in both violent and property crime in 2009

News Daily, Dec. 22, 2009 10:36 AM

Marijuana Misfortunes

It's been a holiday season full of bad luck for more than one pot purveyor

News Daily, Dec. 22, 2009 8:31 AM

Family Planning Contracts Approved

Opponents decry board's contracts with abortion providers

News Feature, Dec. 18, 2009

Majority Favors Marijuana

New poll shows majority of Americans in favor of legalizing pot

News Daily, Dec. 11, 2009 5:05 PM

Untiring Efforts

The investigation has just begun, but already one city employee has been put on administrative leave

News Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Texas Death Penalty Sentencing Declines

A new report shows sentencing on the decline – but Texas is still No. 1 when it comes to killing

News Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Judge Patterson Responds to Ethics Complaint

News Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Where Have All the Prisoners Gone?

New report shows 2008 was slow-growth year for U.S. prisoners

News Feature, Dec. 11, 2009

Fam Planning for County Uninsured Up for Vote

Senate dumps abortion-care coverage ban amendment, but what about Austin?

News Daily, Dec. 9, 2009 1:11 PM

The Tire Mound of Mystery

Thousands of city tires lie moldering southeast of town – and the city is claiming ignorance

News Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Official Tire Manifest Forms Provided by the City of Austin

News Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Maxey Files Ethics Complaint Against Patterson

Did judge tell the truth?

News Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

No Indictment in Lunt Shooting

TABC explores changes within agency in wake of shooting

News Feature, Dec. 4, 2009

Fixing Criminal Justice

Should the feds try to fix a broken system?

News Daily, Dec. 2, 2009 9:42 AM

Judge Baird Not Seeking Re-Election

Baird is leaving bench next year to return to private practice and spend more time with his family

News Daily, Dec. 2, 2009 6:23 AM

L.A. D.A. Will Prosecute Pot Providers

Steve Cooley says selling pot illegal under state's medi-pot law

News Daily, Nov. 30, 2009 1:52 PM

Did Patterson Violate Judicial Ethics?

Former state Rep. Glen Maxey says Patterson violated code of conduct

News Daily, Nov. 30, 2009 10:30 AM

Judges Seek Alternatives to Incarceration

A review of federal sentencing guidelines reveals room for improvement

News Feature, Nov. 27, 2009

Perry Clears Way for Executioner

Perry rejects BPP recommendation to spare Robert Thompson

News Daily, Nov. 20, 2009 7:21 AM

Bradley Spars With Lawmakers

New head of Forensic Science Commission is all fired up

News Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

Hampton Runs for Republican-Dominated Court

Dem candidate has extensive experience with death penalty cases

News Feature, Nov. 20, 2009

Doing 25 to Life

U.S. Sentencing Commission in Austin to consider testimony on impact of 1984 sentencing reform law

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2009 9:30 AM

BPP Recommends Life

Whether Perry will agree remains to be seen for death row inmate Robert Thompson

News Daily, Nov. 19, 2009 8:03 AM

Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

DPS says keep eye on kiddos or drug gangs will do it for you

News Daily, Nov. 17, 2009 10:25 AM

Questions Unanswered

APD suspends Quintana, fires Dunn – but doubts remain about the Nate Sanders II shooting

News Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

Acevedo: Chris Dunn Is 'Damaged Goods'

News Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

Retirement Opens Another Bench Seat

Judge Perkins ready to hang up his robe

News Feature, Nov. 13, 2009

First Texas FLDS Member Sent to Jail

Raymond Jessop found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison

News Daily, Nov. 11, 2009 12:53 PM

Hampton For Judge

Austin Dem lawyer Keith Hampton says he'll run for highest criminal court

News Daily, Nov. 10, 2009 5:52 PM

The Yogurt Shop Saga

Springsteen and Scott are free men – for now

News Feature, Nov. 6, 2009

Sanders Shooting Decision

APD officer gets 15 days suspension for not turning on dash cam (updated)

News Daily, Nov. 4, 2009 5:23 PM

Kerlikowske Just Says "No"

Having a "war" might not be a good way to handle drugs, but neither is pretending that just saying "no" works

News Daily, Nov. 3, 2009 9:18 AM

Treatment or Jail

Often rehab is the only way out of a jail sentence – even if you don't have a drug problem

News Daily, Nov. 3, 2009 7:55 AM

Reefer Madness: Medi-Pot States Free to Inhale

It's official: The feds are backing off

News Column, Oct. 30, 2009

Getting to Bottom of Perry-Patterson Pickle

Questions go unanswered in district court appointment process

News Feature, Oct. 30, 2009

Judge Dismisses Yogurt Shop Charges

Lynch grants state's request UPDATE: Travis Co. DA responds

News Daily, Oct. 28, 2009 4:44 PM

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