Beth Schwartzapfel


Beth Schwartzapfel is a freelance journalist living in Boston. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, and other publications.

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Why can't we embrace the idea that prisoners have labor rights? Read more

Law and Justice

Transgender activists believe that when children insist their birth sex is the wrong sex, their wishes should be honored. Dr. Kenneth Zucker disagrees. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

For millions of women, getting birth control is a laborious process. Would making the pill an over-the-counter drug be the best policy fix? Read more


Politicians and correctional officials are recognizing that, in conversations about prison reform, they must include the voices of those who have lived it. Read more