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Cristian Farias

Founding Editor

Cristian Farias is a founding editor of Inquest and a senior fellow at the Institute to End Mass Incarceration. In his years as a legal journalist and columnist, he has written about law and justice issues for The New York Times’ editorial board, as well as for New York magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ,The Atlantic, Slate, The New Yorker, and numerous other outlets. In related roles, he has served as a legal editor with Radiolab’s More Perfect, a podcast about the Supreme Court, and as a legal affairs reporter for The Huffington Post. He has also completed two writing residencies — at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In a prior life, Cristian was an entertainment journalist. In 2009, in a professional twist, he became a probation officer with the New Jersey court system — work that sparked his interest in criminal law and civil rights. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he wrote for the student newspaper, and the City University of New York School of Law, where he served as managing articles editor for the CUNY Law Review and as a fellow with the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality.

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