Alisa Roth is a contributor to Marketplace, NPR, and other outlets, who specializes in mental health, criminal justice and other social policy issues. She is the author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, which the New Yorker praised as an “essential exposé,” and which the New York Times described as “rife with sharp, brutal details that pull the reader beyond the realms of abstract policy debates.” Her work has appeared in The New York Review of Books and The New York Times, and she has been featured on Fresh Air. She lives in the Twin Cities.
The Women Inside: The Hidden Story of Our Fastest Growing Prison Population will combine new research and deep narrative reporting to examine the accelerating crisis of women in American jails and prisons.The book will seek to expose the policies and practices that are driving up female incarceration rates in many parts of the country, how that increase affects women caught in the system and their families, and what this tells us about the criminal justice system, women’s rights and social safety nets today.
Teghan Simonton is a graduate student at the University of Missouri studying investigative reporting.