The Des is information, news and voices from the frontlines of the criminal justice system. The stories we cover are the ones easier forgotten than read. We challenge you not to turn away and in return we promise independent journalism. We invite you to learn with us and pay attention to some of the most silenced corners of America. It won’t be an easy or light hearted read. But we guarantee The Des will change the way you see the United States.
The Des is short for Desmoterion, “place of chains,” used to describe prisons in ancient Athens. We like the idea of the chains because the impacts of incarceration penetrate every aspect of society.
We are here to cover it all.
Journalism outlets primarily display their biases in what they choose to cover and who they interview. We make those decisions based on the following values.
We prioritize the people most impacted by the justice system in our coverage.
We judge a source or interviewee’s expertise and knowledge on subject. Just about anyone can have an opinion that doesn’t mean they deserve a platform.
We cover all angles of issues and stories. This is not a place for cancel culture but a place to engage in ideas and topics and stories even if they make you uncomfortable.
We believe the current justice system is institutionally and fundamentally broken. The systems and the policies that are in place are not making our country or communities safer or healthier. The harm they prevent is far outweighed by the systemic harm they inflict.
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