Charissa Koh

Charissa is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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Placing blame for the opioid crisis

Compassion | Massachusetts goes after the owners of a pharmaceutical company
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/23/19, 05:57 pm

Last week a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts against the makers of the painkiller OxyContin threw an unwanted spotlight on the company’s owners, who belong to one of the richest families in the United States. Purdue Pharma has already paid tens of millions in settlements to state and federal governments for deceptive business practices that put patients at risk, but the state of Massachusetts is the first to try to hold the company’s owners, the Sackler family, personally accountable in court.

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Beyond bail

Compassion | California struggles to reform a broken system
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/16/19, 04:12 pm

While California works to abolish the cash bail system that often punishes poor people disproportionately, one group is trying to fix the problem one prisoner at a time.

The Bail Project, a nonprofit organization that uses donations to bail qualifying people out of jail, joined forces with the public defender’s office in Compton, a Los Angeles suburb that is notorious for crime, and UCLA law students to help individuals at the Compton Courthouse get bail reduction and pretrial release.

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Lost by choice

Roe v. Wade | Despite a history of concerns about population growth, Israel has some of the most permissive abortion laws in the world
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/03/19, 04:18 pm

If the Holocaust had not happened in the mid-20th century, scholars estimate 26 to 32 million Jews would be alive worldwide today.

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