To read Jennifer Gonnerman's work, click on the titles of the stories below.
Blood on the Tracks
Every time a trackworker goes into the tunnels, there's a chance he won't come back out. What the world looks like when a 400-ton train is barreling toward you at 30 miles per hour.
New York 5/12/08.
The House Where They Live
There are 45 sex offenders living in one small Long Island town, 17 on the same block, 7 in a single suburban ranch. Inside a sex-offender cluster.
New York 1/7/08.
The School of Shock
Eight states are sending autistic, mentally retarded, and emotionally troubled kids to a facility that punishes them with painful electric shocks. How many times do you have to zap a child before it's torture?
Mother Jones Sept./Oct. 2007
The Deliverymen's Uprising
For $1.75 an hour, they put up with abusive employers, muggers, rain, snow, potholes, car accidents, six-day weeks, and lousy tips. Not anymore.
New York 8/13/07
The Panhandler's Payday
Eddie Wise hustled for every dollar in his pocket. Until he got a check for $100,000.
New York 5/14/07
A Hard-Earned Life
A father's paycheck reads $676. It has to last two weeks. Start the clock.
New York 11/6/06
The Last Executioner
Dow B. Hover ran the electric chair at Sing Sing prison in the 1950s and 1960s. Nobody knew his name until Jennifer Gonnerman tracked down his family.
The Village Voice 1/18/05
Life Without Parole?
Inside New York City's busiest parole office.
The New York Times Magazine 5/19/02
Anatomy of a Prison Murder
Why did two guards stand outside a cell door and watch as one inmate pummeled another?
The Village Voice 4/3/01
The Supermax Solution
When New York built a prison designed to house two men in a single cell, it launched a new experiment in crime control. A close-up look at life inside this prison and in the tiny town surrounding it.
The Village Voice 5/18/99