Jenna Russell

A Globe reporter since 2000, Russell has contributed to award-winning projects including 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope, based on a year of reporting in a Dorchester neighborhood. She co-authored the Globe book Long Mile Home, about the Boston Marathon bombing, and joined the paper’s Spotlight investigative team in 2014.

Latest stories

Spotlight Follow-up

A depleted state system fails many with serious mental illness

By and , Globe Staff

People with mental illness under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health have endangered themselves or others recently, including one who died.


Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates

By and , Globe Staff

The prisoners remain in isolation despite the state’s promise to end the practice, according to an attorneys’ group.

The Desperate and the Dead | Part 6

The hidden cost when mental illness meets homelessness

By and , Globe Staff

Everyone knows David, and wants to help, as he bounces between shelters, hospitals, jail. He is among the many homeless people with mental illness who find no care system to address their desperation.


When despair meets deadly force

By , Globe Staff

Nearly half of people killed by Mass. police over the last 11 years were suicidal, mentally ill, or showed clear signs of crisis.