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Meg Anderson

Reporter, National Desk

Meg Anderson is a reporter on NPR's National Desk covering criminal justice. Before that, she was a reporter and producer on NPR's Investigations team, where she reported on delays in medical care within the federal Bureau of Prisons, the failures of the Department of Justice to release at-risk prisoners to safer settings during the pandemic, and the award-winning series Heat and Health in American Cities, which illustrated how low-income neighborhoods nationwide are often hotter in temperature than their wealthier counterparts. Additionally, she served as a producer for the team, including on the Peabody Award-winning series Lost Mothers, which investigated the high rate of maternal mortality in the United States. She has also reported for NPR's politics and education desks, and for WAMU, the local Member station in Washington, D.C. She is based in the Midwest.

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Wednesday

Shiloh Jordan, right, who was among the people receiving a pardon for a misdemeanor marijuana conviction years ago, greets Maryland Gov. Wes Moore at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., on June 17 when Moore announced more than 175,000 pardons. Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown is center. Brian Witte/AP hide caption

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Some say Maryland’s mass marijuana pardons don’t go far enough

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Wednesday

Previous issues of the Prison Mirror, which has been publishing since 1887, sit on display in the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater. Kerem Yücel/MPR News hide caption

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Prison Newspaper

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Friday

Jeffery Christian, right, speaks at a press conference in Chicago, on May 7. Christian and dozens of others claim they were sexually abused as children while incarcerated at Illinois juvenile detention centers, as part of a lawsuit recounting decades of allegations of systemic child abuse. Teresa Crawford/AP hide caption

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Youth detention facilities face increased scrutiny amid a wave of abuse lawsuits

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Thursday

Texas inmates are being 'cooked to death' in summer heat, lawsuit alleges

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Tuesday

An Atlanta police officer takes down tents on the campus of Emory University after a pro-Palestinian demonstration Thursday in Atlanta. Mike Stewart/AP hide caption

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As pro-Palestinian protests spread, more university leaders weigh police involvement

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Friday

Kahlil Brown, 18, says teammate Deshaun Hill Jr., the student and quarterback who was shot and killed in 2022, was his best friend. Brown, shown posing for a portrait at the North Community High School football field in Minneapolis on April 9, will attend St. Olaf College in the fall. Caroline Yang for NPR hide caption

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Where gun violence is common, some students say physical safety is a top concern

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Friday

Linda Anderson, an emergency communications technician, responds to a call at the Denver 911 dispatch center. Eli Imadali for NPR hide caption

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Many 911 call centers are understaffed, and the job has gotten harder

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Monday

One of the cells in the Transitional Care Unit at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights. Caroline Yang for NPR hide caption

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The U.S. prison population is rapidly graying. Prisons aren't built for what's coming

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Sunday

When it comes to curbing auto thefts, the St. Paul, Minn., police department has focused on education and prevention. Sgt. Mike Ernster, the department's public information officer, says enforcement is important, but "we won't be able to arrest our way out of this." Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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How one city took on rising car thefts — and brought the numbers down

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Wednesday

People gather for a rally to protest conditions at New York City's Rikers Island jail in October of 2022. The New York City Council voted Wednesday to ban most uses of solitary confinement in the city's jails. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Women at the Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, Ala., walk through the halls. This week, current and former prisoners announced a lawsuit challenging Alabama's prison labor program as a type of modern slavery. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Prisoners are suing Alabama over forced labor, calling it a 'form of slavery'

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Tuesday

Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on the federal prison system to address its staffing crisis. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lawmakers push for federal prison oversight after reports of inadequate medical care

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Monday

The U.S. Constitution and 16 state constitutions ban slavery except as punishment for a crime. Prisoner advocates say this allows forced prison labor, but systemic change has been met with resistance. Charlotte Gomez for NPR hide caption

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Colorado banned forced prison labor 5 years ago. Prisoners say it's still happening

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Friday

Police tape is pictured at a crime scene in Monterey Park, Calif., in January 2023. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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4 key takeaways from the FBI's annual crime report

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Saturday

Students at Minneapolis' Hiawatha Collegiate High School discuss polarization within the federal government. Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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Today's lesson in AP U.S. Government: What just happened with Kevin McCarthy

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Friday

Turmoil on Capitol Hill makes for timely discussions in high school civics classes

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Monday

Why 1 in 4 inmate deaths happens in the same federal prison in North Carolina

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Saturday

A photo of Jeffrey Ramirez is seen at his parents' home in Vista, California. He was diagnosed with cancer while in prison and died at age 41. Ariana Drehsler for NPR hide caption

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1 in 4 inmate deaths happens in the same federal prison. Why?

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Saturday

A selection of the 1000 people who have been charged for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Getty Images and Department of Justice hide caption

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1,000 people have been charged for the Capitol riot. Here's where their cases stand

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Thursday

Where the cases stand for the 1,000 people charged for the Capitol riot

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Thursday

High school seniors Iksha Subba of Dallas; Nathan Ferguson of Nashville, Tenn.; Twyla Colburn of Portland, Ore.; Omar Abdellall of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Julia Perez of Omaha, Neb. Photo compilation by NPR hide caption

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COVID took over their high school experience. They want senior year to be different

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Thursday

The Biden administration increases efforts to fight student loan forgiveness scams

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Wednesday

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Biden administration steps up protection against student loan forgiveness scams

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Thursday

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