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.
A New York law that makes it easier to sue gunmakers based on their marketing strategies is viewed as a test case for other states monitoring the outcome.
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that could mean prison time for sleeping in public spaces. It's the latest effort to regulate homelessness in a state. The bill now goes to the governor.
Some Tennessee lawmakers are pushing for those convicted of crimes to serve their full sentences. But critics worry that without incentives for early release, prisoners won't be motivated to change.
Tennessee has followed neighboring states in ordering residents to remain at home. Tennessee had looser coronavirus restrictions but new data show residents have not adhered to those warnings.