Katharine Blake is the author of The Uninnocent: Notes on Violence and Mercy, which was chosen as a best book of the year by The New Yorker. She has taught at Vermont Law School’s Center for Justice Reform and San Quentin Prison. She has also clerked at the National Prison Project, the arm of the ACLU responsible for bringing class action suits against prisons that violate prisoners’ rights. Formerly, she was Director of Special Projects at the Children’s Defense Fund, where she worked closely with Marian Wright Edelman on common sense gun legislation, community organizing, and undoing the cradle-to-prison pipeline. She has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she spent as much time as possible at the Community Law Clinic, representing clients in matters including expungement, housing, worker’s rights, and social security. She lives in Virginia with her family.