Lara is a contributing writer for Slate and Politico, where her long-form pieces explore some of the most vexing problems at the heart of the criminal justice system. She also writes personal essays about relationships and child-rearing, which have been published in the New York Times and Slate's Human Interest site.

Whatever the topic, her goal is the same: to ask hard questions and provoke discussion with stories that are immediate and accessible to any curious reader.