Christie Thompson

christie thompsonChristie Thompson is a staff writer for The Marshall Report. Thompson covered prisons, drug policy, mental health, and other criminal justice issues as an investigative reporter for ThinkProgress and as an intern at ProPublica. Her work has also been published by outlets such as NPR, The Atlantic, The Nation and VICE. She was the recipient of the 2016 George Polk Award for Justice Reporting and a finalist for a 2016 IRE Award.
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Ending the Jail-to-Street-to-Jail Cycle

George Washington (not the famous one) first ended up in a New York homeless shelter in the mid-1980s, after he came home from prison for robbery and crack cocaine hit the streets. Since then, he’s passed between girlfriends’ houses, hotels, shelters all over the city, rooming houses, family members’ couches, rehab facilities, and a cell on Rikers Island. Washington, 54, is considered a “frequent flier”: someone who has cycled in and out of jail on mostly low-level charges. These repeat … [Read more...]