Shabnam Danesh covers Washington, D.C. for The Outlaw Report. She is a multimedia journalist who recently graduated from American University (2020) with a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. She has more than 15 years of combined work experience in criminal justice research, hospitality, financial services and legal administration. Shabnam also holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University (2009) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island (2007). She is interested in the intersection of cannabis, criminal justice and racism.