Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. She is Editor-in-Chief of the nonprofit, independent, online news organization Truthout. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and other publications.
She is Chair of the Media Consortium’s board (a network of the country’s leading progressive independent news outlets), and is a member of the boards of the Chicago-based abolitionist group, Love & Protect and the Chicago Community Bond Fund. She is also on the advisory board of Waging Nonviolence.
Schenwar is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, the Women’s Prison Association’s Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship.