The Marshall Project
Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice
A nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system
The Language Project
Politics and Reform
The Marshall Project Inside
News & Awards
Knock, Knock! Who’s There? The Police.
This Mississippi Court Appoints Lawyers for Just 1 in 5 Defendants Before Indictment
What Crime Data Says About the Effects of Texas Busing Migrants
I Never Thought I Could Fall In Love With a Woman. Then Came Prison.
We call straight women who couple up with fellow prisoners “gay for the stay.” That slang masks the complexity — and often beauty — of these bonds.
Spit Hoods Can Be Deadly. Police Keep Using Them Anyway.
Police cite studies saying the mesh bags are safe. But experts say the studies are flawed — and deaths in custody raise troubling questions.
most popular topics
in criminal justice today
Department of Justice
5 Takeaways From Our Investigation Into Police Use of Spit Hoods
Reporting by The Marshall Project and WTSP in Tampa examined how police continue using the hoods, even as deaths raise troubling questions.
Medical Marijuana Is Legal, But Oklahoma Is Charging Women for Using It While Pregnant
Courts are set to decide if using the drug during pregnancy is a crime, even as a growing number of women in the state face prosecution.
, The Frontier
If You Can’t Afford an Attorney, One Will Be Appointed. And You May Get a Huge Bill
In Iowa, people too poor to pay for a lawyer are on the hook for big fees they can’t afford.
The AI Lawyer is Here
How Artificial Intelligence is making its way into the legal system.
this mornings’s email
Alabama seeks to carry out second execution using controversial nitrogen gas method
Alexander Smirnov: Ex-FBI informant indicted for lying about the Bidens is re-arrested
Supreme Court says Georgia can’t retry mentally ill man who killed his mother
Kim Ogg: DA Under Fire
A Texas election chief faces push to count votes by hand
Rural Lawmakers Fight Hochul's Plan to Close Prisons
What Has Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Done About Gun Violence?
Judges Play Musical Chairs on Arkansas’ Highest Court
Cops and gun owners could get immunity from most wrongful death lawsuits
It Was Never a Civil War
Expert Backgrounder: Federalizing the National Guard and Domestic Use of the Military
The Special Counsel Is Right to Oppose Trump’s Delay Strategy
The Supreme Court Is on the Verge of Criminalizing Homelessness
U.S. Police Dogs Originated from Slavery—and Must Be Abolished
U.S. Examined Allegations of Cartel Ties to Allies of Mexico’s President
Labor Dept. says Tennessee firm employed minors to clean meat saws, head splitters at slaughterhouses
More criminal suspects are shooting at Minnesota police officers, data show
12 Years After Degrading Mass Strip Search, Women in Illinois Prison Won $1.4M Settlement
Federal prison employees falsified logs in case where inmate committed suicide, IG says
My Biggest Daily Challenge in Prison Isn’t Violence. It’s the Monotony.
Boredom may seem like a small price to pay for committing a crime. But life on the inside isn’t so much a physical battle as it is a mental one.
Bill Would Change How New York Disciplines Abusive Prison Guards
A 2023 investigation by The Marshall Project exposed how the prison department failed to fire officers it accused of abuse.
What Happens During Cuyahoga County’s Criminal Arraignment Process?
An explainer on the felony arraignment process in Cuyahoga County.
‘The Fullness of Time’: Jacob Wideman Confronts His Fate
Part Eight of the “Violation” podcast explores what time means behind bars. And listeners respond to the question: Did Jake get what he deserves?