Maurice Chammah is an Austin-based staff writer for the Marshall Project, for which he writes feature stories about criminal justice issues and was on a team that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. His first book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty, won the Writers’ League of Texas 2021 Nonfiction Book Award and a 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He hosted the 2023 podcast Smoke Screen: Just Say You’re Sorry, created with the Marshall Project and Sony Music Entertainment. He previously played violin with the band Mother Falcon.

12 Articles

April 21, 2014

Streamlining the Quest to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project of Texas receives thousands of letters each year from prison inmates proclaiming their innocence. So do a number of other innocence clinics around the state, which is why the Lubbock-based nonprofit wants to establish a single system for screening letters.

March 19, 2014

Going Secular at SXSW

The band Gungor is using the festival to broaden its fan base outside the churches where it made its name. Can it escape the stigma of Christian rock without alienating its devoted followers?

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December 3, 2013

Sitting in Legal Purgatory

Jerry Duane Martin killed a correctional officer as he tried breaking out of prison, and tonight he will be executed. But the man who tried escaping with him, and who some believe is also culpable for the officer's death, hasn't been convicted of the six-year-old crime.

October 30, 2013

Not Your Typical Hell House

Like many churches across the nation, Bethel Church, in Temple, produces a hell house, a faith-based haunted house. These houses draw severe criticism for stoking the culture wars, but Bethel's leaders want to be open and tolerant in their messaging. Are they succeeding?

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