‚ÄčBrendan L. Smith

Freelance Journalist


I have covered cops, criminals, and local, state and federal courts across the country to explore the root causes of crime and rampant injustices in the American justice system. I have exposed wrongful imprisonment in the nation's capital, an epidemic of prison rapes, and an international heroin ring stemming from the poppy fields of Mexico that spread across the United States. I have appeared on public radio, CSPAN and other media outlets to discuss my work, and my articles have been cited in court cases and law journals. My investigation of a deceptive D.C. police interrogation was featured in True Stories of False Confessions, an anthology published by the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law.