Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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State questions

Elections | Voters decided ballot initiatives on life, drugs, labor, and crime
by Leah Hickman, Charissa Koh & Sophia Lee
Posted 11/05/20, 12:55 pm

As Republicans and Democrats wrestled for control of the United States House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House on Nov. 3, voters across the country decided statewide issues that other states may eventually consider. Here’s a rundown of some of this election’s most important statewide ballot initiatives.

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Pandemic parole

Criminal Justice | The coronavirus prompts measures prison reform advocates have pushed for years
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/28/20, 04:11 pm

In mid-March, Florida officials released 164 inmates to try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in jails. The next day, police rearrested Joseph Edward Williams, 26, on suspicion of shooting and killing someone right after he left.

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Second chance for inmate firefighters

Compassion | A new California bill opens the door to a clear record
by Charissa Koh
Posted 10/28/20, 04:01 pm

Prisoners who help fight the California wildfires now have the chance to make it a career. California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sept. 11 signed a bill that allows those inmates to request a record expungement so they can get firefighting jobs after release. People convicted of violent felonies or sex crimes are not eligible.

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