An Anonymous Missouri Prison Watchdog Steps Forward

Lori Curry was incensed when she heard the stories of mistreatment her boyfriend faced in a Missouri prison in 2019. Wanting to air complaints about the Missouri Department of Corrections but at the same time worried her criticism might have consequences for her boyfriend, she created a new Twitter handle and tweeted anonymously about the ordeal.

Without intending to, Curry became one of the few conduits for inmates and corrections officers to get information to the public without fear of retribution, according to grantee Ryan Krull’s new story for Riverfront Times. Now, Curry is stepping out from behind the shield of anonymity in hopes of advancing the work she began more than a year ago.