Hi, Reddit! I’m Jon Schuppe, a writer for NBC News, where I cover crime and justice. I’m here to discuss how a community in Appalachia is betting on a prison to save their economy. But feel free to AMA!
A little about myself: I’ve been covering criminal justice for much of my career, which began in newspapers. I spent a lot of that time in Newark, New Jersey, where I investigated street gangs, gun trafficking, the drug trade and botched murder cases. I also was on a politics team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. And I wrote a book about Newark, titled “A Chance to Win,” which was a finalist for a PEN Literary Award. Here at NBC News, I try to write about how criminal justice policy impacts people’s daily lives. That’s what drew me to Letcher County, Kentucky, where I wrote about the community’s hope to host a new federal prison as a way to make up for the loss of coal mining jobs. I’m here to talk about that story, but I’m also happy to discuss criminal justice issues more broadly.