Samantha Max

Samantha Max covers criminal justice for WPLN and joins the newroom through the Report for America program. This is her second year with Report for America: She spent her first year in Macon, Ga., covering health and inequity for The Telegraph and macon.com. 

Previously, she was an investigative reporting intern for the Medill Justice Project and a bilingual multimedia news intern at Hoy, Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language daily. She returned to her hometown of Baltimore in 2015 and again in 2016 to work as a newsroom intern for NPR-affiliate WYPR.

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The head of Tennessee’s prison system says the number of unfilled correctional officer positions has reached an “all-time high.”

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Hundreds of students and alumni of Belmont University are calling for major changes ahead of the presidential debate on the school’s campus this Thursday.

The group Be Better Belmont wants the private university to divest from CoreCivic, a locally based for-profit prison company.

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The number of Tennesseans who can’t vote because of a felony conviction has risen since 2016 — despite a national trend in the opposite direction — according to a new national report released today.

As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage here in the final state needed to ratify the amendment, not all Tennesseans can vote. Tennessee is actually one of the hardest states for people with felony convictions to get their voting rights back.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department has placed three officers on desk duty while it investigates the wrongful raid of a woman’s home early Tuesday morning.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department issued its first citation for a mask violation on Lower Broadway on Wednesday night.

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  Black Lives Matter protests have sparked conversations nationwide about the role of race in policing. Now, the Tennessee Supreme Court is taking those conversations one step further — to what happens after someone has already been arrested.

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A Tennessee man who is scheduled for execution this December is asking the state to give him one more chance to prove his innocence.

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  Calvin Bryant has had a busy year and a half. He’s launched a nonprofit, become a dad. He even testified at the Tennessee State Capitol. That’s because Bryant’s catching up from time lost during the decade he spent in prison on a first-time drug offense. And he hoped his story would sway legislators to reform the state’s strict drug-free school zones sentencing laws.

Amid mounting pressure from medical professionals and local leaders, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has ordered residents to stay home unless it's essential.

Lee said during a coronavirus press briefing Thursday afternoon that he decided to issue a new executive order after data revealed that movement around the state has been on the rise in recent days, even after he issued a less strict "Safer at Home" order last month.