Tessie Castillo

    Tessie is an international journalist and author from Raleigh, North Carolina, whose writing explores criminal justice, drug policy and harm reduction. Her first book, Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, offers a searing portrait of men on North Carolina’s Death Row and the broken systems that put them there. Sign up for her newsletter to receive her latest articles.

    Drug Paraphernalia Laws: The “Swiss Army Knife” of the Drug War

    On June 7, 2018 Jessica* was sitting behind a church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, ...

    Why Drug Dealers Are the Wrong People to Blame for the Overdose Crisis

    Tyrique Wise was working at his self-owned painting and pressure washing business in Southern ...

    The Invisible Majority: People Whose Drug Use Is Not Problematic

    For years, Mark* woke up each morning, made breakfast for his two young children, ...

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