Ike has traveled the world to hold policymakers, businesses, and scientists accountable. At Searchlight, he is focusing on criminal justice. He most recently reported for STAT, the national health and medical science publication, in both Boston and Washington, D.C., where he focused on drug pricing, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering.
Stories by Ike
OCTOBER 15, 2019 | By Ike Swetlitz
Jamari Nelson's mother pulled him out of his first-grade class at a public school in Albuquerque after he was screened in a "threat-assessment." Nelson, who is diagnosed with autism, is one of many children in special education swept up into a system originally intended to identify those who might commit mass-violence.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 | By Ike Swetlitz
About three dozen New Mexicans are currently incarcerated for 30 years or more for crimes they committed as minors. However, a growing body of science argues that young brains are not fully developed — and, by implication, that children should be held to a different standard than adults.
Two years ago, the county jail in this small town shut its doors because it didn’t have enough inmates to lock up. Hundreds of jobs evaporated, and the town lost a million dollars in tax revenue and other payments. Then in May, Torrance County landed a contract with the federal government to re-open the jail - mostly to house detained migrants.