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Samantha Max

Criminal Justice Reporter

Samantha Max covers criminal justice for WPLN as a Report for America corps member. 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 

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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Oficiales de inmigración enfrentaron estuvieron en un punto muerto por varias horas el lunes cuando intentaron detener a un hombre en Hermitage. Nadie fue arrestado, pero el incidente pasó en medio de temores de redadas de inmigración a través del país.

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Immigration officials faced an hours-long standoff Monday when they attempted to detain a Hermitage man. No one was arrested, but the incident comes amid fears of immigration raids nationwide.

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The Nashville Community Bail Fund asked a panel of judges yesterday to reconsider an order that would jeopardize the group’s ability to function.

The nonprofit has had special permission to post bail for those who can’t afford it. But the group is now facing pushback from the Court.

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There’s a new push to restore voting rights to felons in Tennessee. Several states, including Florida and New York, have recently expanded enfranchisement to convicted felons.

Local politicians and activists say felon enfranchisement is an especially important issue in Tennessee.

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A Metro Nashville police officer reassigned to desk duty earlier this month has accumulated a thick disciplinary file in his four years with the department. Officer Barrett Teague was caught on camera throwing a woman against her car at a gas station on July 3, and the video quickly went viral.

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Some kids dream of going to the moon. But from the time he was in eighth grade, Bill Baker knew he wanted to help build the rockets that would send people there.

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The crisis at the U.S. southern border has dominated headlines for weeks. But it can be hard to make sense of who exactly immigrates, and why.

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La crisis en la frontera en el sur de los EE.UU ha dominado los titulares de las noticias por semanas. Sin embargo, puede ser difícil entender quién emigra a este país y por qué.

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Speakers at the funeral for Metro Nashville Police Officer John Anderson said he knew his job was dangerous. But they also took the opportunity Monday to commend officers for taking those risks each day.

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Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board has taken on its first official investigation, even though the panel hasn’t yet finalized an agreement with the police department. The 11-member board will review an incident that went viral last week following the release of a Facebook video in which a Metro Nashville Police Officer appears to throw a woman against her vehicle at a gas station.