Chastity Pratt

Chastity Pratt covers Michigan's cities and urban affairs for Bridge. She joined the Bridge team from the Detroit Free Press after more than a decade of providing authoritative coverage of Detroit Public Schools. Chastity  is on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University for the 2019-20 school year.


Detroit police chief defends new facial recognition policy; protests continue

August 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Police Commission could vote in two weeks on controversial surveillance policy.


Michigan to Democrats: Tariffs hurt, but we aren’t sold on Medicare for all

July 25, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

A few days before the second round of Democratic presidential debates, a new poll by the Detroit Regional Chamber shows confidence in economy and worries about tariffs.

Detroit battle over video surveillance reaches fever pitch as crime falls

July 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

An emotional battle over facial recognition software has come to Detroit, one of the nation’s most violent cities, amid questions over the technology’s racial bias.

Flint mayor satisfied, but others outraged after water charges dropped

June 13, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Flint leaders are both hopeful and skeptical that Attorney General Dana Nessel will reboot the criminal cases and prosecute high-ranking officials


Gretchen Whitmer on Census: Get counted or lose money, clout for Michigan

June 11, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Governor signs executive order creating Census committee to better reach undercounted communities

Nessel splits with Whitmer, sides with Detroit kids in literacy suit

June 7, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan attorney general sides with Detroit children’s lawsuit against the state. ‘There are moments in our ... history when silence in the face of abhorrent circumstances is not an option,’ Nessel says.


Candidate Whitmer: A right to literacy. As Michigan Guv: No need to address.

May 29, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

During the 2018 campaign for governor, Gretchen Whitmer supported a lawsuit to guarantee students’ right to literacy. Now that she’s in office, she is asking a federal appeals court to dismiss the case.

Jeep deal promises Detroit 5,000 jobs. But will they go to Detroiters?

May 22, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroiters get first crack at jobs from $2.5B plants. But the skills gap could make it harder for them to get construction jobs to build the facility. 

Michigan has 1.6M college dropouts. Debt forgiveness may lure them back.

April 30, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Oakland and Wayne State universities and Henry Ford College are forgiving small debts for onetime students who re-enroll. Early efforts have shown modest success.

Gretchen Whitmer wants free college in Michigan. Can that cut skills gap?

April 24, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Michigan Business groups and even some Republicans back the Democratic governor’s plan to ease college access. But a Detroit study suggests free tuition plans are more apt to fail without extra support like counselors.

Detroit court’s bail system criminalizes being black and broke, suit claims

April 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

In Detroit, hundreds remain jailed even though they’ve never been convicted because they can’t afford bail. A lawsuit takes aim at 36th District Court.

Rich cities lose out as Wayne County cuts waste in programs to help poor

April 9, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

For years, Wayne County was slammed over its handling of community development block grant funds. Now, the county is changing how it distributes money in hopes of steering more toward poor cities and reducing costs.

Detroit studies restoring passenger trains to Michigan Central Station

April 3, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Chastity Pratt

Report should wrap up this month to determine costs, logistics of resuming Amtrak service at the historic station that had become a symbol of Detroit’s decline.

QLine well short of ridership goals and plagued by delays in Detroit

April 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Ridership is up and crashes are down for Detroit’s 3.3-mile streetcar. But on the best days, ridership is still only half of expectations.

Whitmer to Detroit chamber: ‘There is not enough pot to fill the potholes.’

March 15, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Governor brings budget tour to Detroit, asks for help getting GOP to support 45-cent gas tax to fix roads, schools, water

Tempers cool as Detroit charter commission gets to work – and gets sued

March 14, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit’s charter commission sets sights on water affordability, housing, planning and zoning, and is sued on claims it violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

Memo to Mike Duggan: This is the real state of the City of Detroit

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt, Mike Wilkinson

Key metrics measuring the health of Detroit –  income, home values, poverty, foreclosures – show real progress since Mike Duggan became mayor in 2013. But he also benefits from starting at one of the worst periods in the city’s history.

Detroit neighborhoods are making progress, but not all feel the love

March 5, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Mayor Mike Duggan has made neighborhood revitalization a top priority, but the city’s priorities have prompted questions of equity.

Mayor Mike Duggan says Detroit won’t be undercounted in 2020 Census

March 1, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit plans to hire 100 workers and raise $1.7 million to spread the word about the Census and ensure the city’s population is accurate.

Detroit’s decrepit schools could stall city comeback. Does Lansing care?

February 26, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit gets a credit upgrade, but analysts and experts warn that a $1.4 billion school maintenance bill will explode into a crisis unless lawmakers take action.