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Families shocked by learning of inmates’ death in Linn jail

July 24, 2022
Michele calls attention to how a family's grief of an incarcerated loved one's death can be made worse by the way the news is delivered. She advocates for death notifications to be as quick and empathetic as possible.
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Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data that Texas Tracks … or Doesn’t

April 11, 2022
Michele was interviewed on camera and featured in this piece that is a finalist in the "Multimedia" category for the 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. These awards recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, and are the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.
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Punitive Excess

April 11, 2022
Michele played a key role in this publications that is the sole finalize for the 2022 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. These awards recognize outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, and are the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose. Michele contributed to this chapter on correctional oversight.
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The Landscape of Recent State and County Correctional Oversight Efforts

March 15, 2022
Michele provides significant contributions to the Brennan Center team in this essay that explores the land­scape of prison and jail over­sight reform since 2018.
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“No Light. No Nothing.” Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup

March 10, 2022
Michele comments on the mismanaged state of the nation's juvenile justice facilities.
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With 78 TX Prison Staff Deaths, COVID Threat 'Far From Over'

Feb. 24, 2022
The National Criminal Justice Association announces the release of PJIL's latest publication, "Canary in the Coal Mine: A Profile of Staff COVID Deaths in the Texas Prison System."
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New bill proposes civilian oversight for Massachusetts prisons

Jan. 19, 2022
In coverage on Massachusetts' new bill to establish independent civilian oversight of the state's correctional facilities and Michele comments on the increasing momentum of prison oversight bodies.
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Independent Oversight Is Essential for a Safe and Healthy Prison System

Nov. 3, 2021
Published as part of the Brennan Center for Justice’s series on punitive excess, Michele identifies independent correctional oversight as a critical but often overlooked tool that provides a window into one of our most opaque public institutions, one that denies elected officials the option of remaining purposefully ignorant about correctional conditions.
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Some States Are Cloaking Prison COVID Data

Oct. 27, 2021
In this article about the ways agencies are continuing to shield data about the impact of COVID-19 in prisons, Michele responds to TDCJ’s claim that it waits for autopsy results before reporting deaths in custody due to COVID. The article also highlights findings from, “Hidden Figures,” our report detailing a lack of data transparency regarding the impact of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.