Aviva Shen


about me

I am a Portland-based editor with special expertise in legal and criminal justice coverage. I am currently the Deputy Editor at the nonprofit newsroom Type Investigations. I previously worked as a senior editor overseeing Slate's Jurisprudence section and as a founding senior editor of The Appeal. I have more than a decade of reporting, editing and newsroom management experience. My work has been nominated for an ASME Award and honored by organizations including the Online News Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. 


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What Happens When a School Stops Arresting Kids for Throwing Skittles

There’s been a fight at Marrero Middle School. Two sixth graders traded insults during football practice, someone threw a punch, and soon enough they were on the ground with a ring of students egging them on. A few years ago, a fight like this might have ended with someone being suspended, or even arrested. But over the past year and a half, the New Orleans-area middle school has rebuilt its entire approach to discipline.


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Louisiana’s death penalty prosecutor takes aim at his legal opponents

The death penalty is costing the cash-strapped state of Louisiana tens of millions of dollars a year. But there’s one state employee who’s massively profiting off its continued existence. Hugo Holland’s fingerprints are on the bulk of Louisiana’s recent death sentences. He’s been hired by over a dozen district attorneys to prosecute death penalty cases at a rate that pays him more than Governor John Bel Edwards.

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