Maurice Chammah is a staff writer at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system, and the author of "Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty," which was published by Crown in 2021. He lives in Austin, Texas, and is also an assistant editor at American Short Fiction, where he co-directs the Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers. Chammah's journalism has focused on prisons, jails, courts, and policing, with a particular focus on written narratives that examine how public policy decisions affect individual lives. His Marshall Project reporting has been co-published by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and other publications. He was on a team that received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.