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Fresh context, analysis, and perspective on the world of criminal justice.
Commentary July 13
Post-Ferguson, St. Louis County courts initiate reforms, but bail hasn’t yet gone away.
Commentary July 11
Advocates say prison phone companies’ merger diminishes competition
Commentary July 3
Had British authorities and their soldiers exercised de-escalation tactics, would the United States exist today?
Commentary July 2
When the government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the welfare of their two boys was a secondary concern.
Commentary June 19
“Each step in the transition from prison to community is an opportunity for either social integration or isolation.”
Commentary May 2
How movement moments complicate jury selection.
Commentary April 23
In retail, fear of black criminality regularly shows up in policies and practices across stores and sectors.
Commentary April 11
“I still believe that the congregation has some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Unfortunately, there were limits to that warmth that I could not abide.”
Commentary April 2
“I take full responsibility for my actions. I killed a man. Still, I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if we’d met just a few years later...if I didn’t have a gun.”
Commentary March 14
Counting failure is no way to encourage success.
Commentary March 13
“The time has come to create some level of accountability for prosecutors.”
Commentary February 28
His “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions.
Commentary February 22
No, it’s not mental illness. It’s guns.
Commentary February 13
Jeff Sessions is right about the ‘heritage' of U.S. sheriffs, in more ways than one.
Commentary February 7
One man’s seven-year wait for a trial reveals the ways mandatory minimums distort our courts.
Commentary February 5
“What name for this thing we’ve become? For stigma, close as kin?”
Commentary January 24
Having a man counts as a plan in some reentry programs.
Commentary January 18
No shoes, no shirt, no justice!
Commentary December 18, 2017
Spend your holiday break with great journalism.
Commentary December 13, 2017
Catching up with Obama’s clemency recipients.
Commentary December 1, 2017
The process that sent a teenage sex-trafficking victim to prison for life didn’t fail. It worked as it was designed to.
Commentary November 15, 2017
Sometimes there’s danger in speaking out against perceived police misconduct.
Commentary November 6, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, private prisons often don’t save the economies of the rural towns that seek them out.
Commentary November 3, 2017
It’s time for their voices to be heard.
Commentary October 25, 2017
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Commentary October 23, 2017
New research finds that prosecutors give white defendants better deals than black defendants.
Commentary October 22, 2017
Algorithms can help the criminal justice system, but only alongside thoughtful humans.
Commentary October 22, 2017
Selmin Feratovic might be alive today if not for our deeply broken system.
Commentary October 17, 2017
Leaked documents remind us of the agency’s history of dirty tricks.
Commentary October 17, 2017
The Bureau of Prisons fails to provide basic resources to undocumented prisoners.
Commentary October 11, 2017
The nation’s largest police organization does more harm to public safety than good.
Commentary October 5, 2017
The definition of terrorism varies by jurisdiction and has morphed over time.
Commentary October 4, 2017
Helping survivors of the violence in Vegas means also addressing their inevitable trauma.
Commentary October 3, 2017
More cops die of suicide than die of shootings and traffic accidents combined.
Commentary September 28, 2017
A therapist on the emotional price lawyers pay to defend individuals sentenced to death.
Commentary September 27, 2017
When a ‘hot cop’ proves himself a bad apple, police should hold him accountable, not close ranks.
Commentary September 21, 2017
A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.
Commentary September 20, 2017
The DOJ’s most recent attempt to appear pro-cop actually hurts law enforcement.
Commentary September 14, 2017
How her prison education saved us a million bucks
Commentary September 10, 2017
A mistake from a Dallas grandmother’s past reared its ugly head when she least expected it.
Commentary August 30, 2017
Instead of offering real solutions to the epidemic, the president is race baiting.
Commentary August 28, 2017
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
Commentary August 2, 2017
The president swore to uphold the Constitution but asked officers to ignore it.
Commentary July 26, 2017
State-sanctioned efforts to keep the incarcerated from reproducing began in the early 20th century and continue today.
Commentary July 19, 2017
A new poll says whites are as confident in the police as ever. How?
Commentary July 10, 2017
For the incarcerated, personal agency is a deciding factor in success after release.
Commentary June 28, 2017
Leaked documents reveal coordination between big business and law enforcement to break up last year’s protests at Standing Rock.
Commentary June 15, 2017
A recent Supreme Court decision left open that possibility. That’s bad for the public, and for police.
Commentary May 30, 2017
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
Commentary May 21, 2017
A former senior DOJ official says ‘Shots Fired’ gets right what the AG gets wrong.
Commentary May 15, 2017
Fifty years after a landmark Supreme Court case, juvenile courts still lack due process.
Commentary May 9, 2017
A high school teacher on the challenge of responding to high-profile police shootings.
Commentary May 2, 2017
There are criminal justice actors more powerful than prosecutors.
Commentary April 27, 2017
He was the first man executed by Arkansas in nearly 12 years. Jurors never heard his story.
Commentary April 17, 2017
A prosecutor on what his wife, a defense attorney, taught him about justice.
Commentary April 12, 2017
Before United, a legacy of excessive force in transportation
Commentary April 3, 2017
A former prison journalist on what’s missing from criminal justice coverage.
Commentary March 21, 2017
Unable to afford a trial transcript, a journalist digs into the laws that govern them.
Commentary March 13, 2017
Anti-crime strategies should try to fix what makes hotspots prone to violence.
Commentary March 8, 2017
A pending vote on class actions could determine the future of civil rights cases.
Commentary February 28, 2017
Immigrants may actually bring down crime in areas where they live.
Commentary February 16, 2017
It’s the easiest drug to traffic in small batches, and it is very lucrative.
Commentary January 30, 2017
Consent decrees can improve law enforcement even in cities that aren’t investigated.
Commentary January 26, 2017
The difference between the freed and the left-behind was often luck.
Commentary January 24, 2017
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
Commentary January 19, 2017
Listen to Pence, Carson, Priebus, Kushner — and look out your window.
Commentary January 18, 2017
End overcriminalization, reward success, pay attention to the heroin crisis.
Commentary January 17, 2017
Focus on intent, tailor the punishment to the crime, prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.
Commentary December 22, 2016
Some of the best work from across the country.
Commentary December 21, 2016
In-depth investigations, insightful features and one story to give us hope.
Commentary December 20, 2016
For defenders, the frantic paperwork ends, and so does a client’s life.
Commentary December 14, 2016
Scope, purpose, duration — in short, everything
Commentary October 28, 2016
How New York City Cut Crime and Incarceration at the Same Time
Commentary September 9, 2016
A wrenching new book recounts the bloodiest prison battle in our history.
Commentary August 16, 2016
A look inside a culture of pervasive misconduct.
Commentary August 12, 2016
A scathing report calls for “better oversight.” That’s not enough.
Commentary July 31, 2016
A call for criminal justice reform.
Commentary July 17, 2016
While the feds fiddle, some locals are innovating.
Commentary July 11, 2016
On paper, he looked like a career criminal. But look closer.
Commentary July 6, 2016
Don’t overlook local jails.
Commentary June 15, 2016
Getting suspended or expelled should not be the end of hope.
Commentary June 13, 2016
A judge takes a hard look at tribal justice.
Commentary June 12, 2016
So why do so many suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
Commentary June 6, 2016
Lessons learned from the crack epidemic.
Commentary June 5, 2016
That’s not happening. Instead, why not make it a model?
Commentary May 22, 2016
We’re going to shackle you while you give birth, but you’ll look great.
Commentary April 27, 2016
What we call the imprisoned matters.
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
Commentary April 11, 2016
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
Commentary April 6, 2016
What society owes the exonerated.
Commentary March 30, 2016
A close look at the grand compromise of 1976.
Commentary March 28, 2016
The South Carolina prosecutor is known as ‘Death Penalty Donnie.’
Commentary March 8, 2016
Remembering Robert Knott, a case the Justice Department would rather you forget
Commentary March 6, 2016
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Commentary February 17, 2016
He would defend your liberty, but not your right to a lawyer.
Commentary February 17, 2016
He thought the Fourth Amendment protected property, not people.
Commentary February 11, 2016
Why African-Americans don’t trust the courts, and why it matters.
Commentary February 9, 2016
What you had to say about our latest story on predictive policing.
Commentary February 8, 2016
What the Black Lives Matter movement misses about those police shootings.
Commentary January 15, 2016
Two towering lives in a prequel to Black Lives Matter.
Commentary January 11, 2016
What the left and right got wrong about crime in 2015.
Commentary December 22, 2015
“In my five years running the Washington system, I never saw one white youth in my correctional facility.”
Commentary December 21, 2015
Three themes that will trend, three that won’t
Commentary December 18, 2015
Missed the discussion? Here are the highlights.
Commentary December 17, 2015
Gretchen Sween was hired a month before Holiday was executed. This is what she saw.
Commentary December 16, 2015
Thursday at 12:30 PM, The Marshall Project and ProPublica are hosting a Digg Dialog on how police should handle rape allegations.
Commentary December 15, 2015
A new tool drills down on hidden incarceration rates.
Commentary December 2, 2015
Why mental health experts are up in arms.
Commentary November 18, 2015
On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.
Commentary October 23, 2015
Twitter and Facebook react.
Commentary October 23, 2015
Other voices from the criminal justice community weigh in.
Commentary October 23, 2015
Measure what really matters.
Commentary October 15, 2015
Step one: let’s find out if it works.
Commentary October 13, 2015
It’s not about non-violent offenders. And it won’t be cheap.
Commentary October 7, 2015
Black leaders also embraced it.
Commentary October 5, 2015
Society won’t fix a prison system it can’t see.
Commentary October 5, 2015
It’s time to take these cases away from local prosecutors.
Commentary September 15, 2015
Can the GOP interest in criminal justice reform survive Donald Trump?
Commentary September 9, 2015
Quality of life is not just for wealthy suburbanites.
Commentary September 4, 2015
(And the same goes for the “Ferguson Effect.”)
Commentary September 3, 2015
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
Commentary August 13, 2015
Sorry, Mr. Bratton. Science says no.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
Commentary July 21, 2015
“Go Set a Watchman” puts the “white savior” notion in its place.
Commentary July 17, 2015
Want to fix Rikers? Close it.
Commentary July 9, 2015
It trades one burden for another.
Commentary July 8, 2015
An author and former prisoner reflects on the white supremacist’s potential fate.
Commentary June 28, 2015
Bill Keller, Dana Goldstein, Alysia Santo and Eli Hager will answer your questions on what life is like on Rikers, and recent reform efforts.
Commentary June 26, 2015
A former CO — and first-time OITNB-watcher — weighs in.
Commentary June 22, 2015
The not-so-nice kids don’t deserve to be brutalized, either.
Commentary June 12, 2015
A Colorado judge on why we don’t know nearly enough about the link between the young brains and behavior.
Commentary June 9, 2015
Former corrections chief Martin Horn has some ideas for Rikers Island.
Commentary June 2, 2015
A psychiatrist analyzes the notebook of James Holmes.
Commentary May 28, 2015
A deep-red state shows the way, with conservatives in the lead.
Commentary May 21, 2015
It’s an internment camp.
Commentary April 3, 2015
What to call incarcerated people: Your feedback
Commentary April 1, 2015
An invitation to our audience.
Commentary March 30, 2015
What a battle between a Mississippi judge and a group of public defenders tells us about the state of indigent defense.
Commentary March 19, 2015
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary March 16, 2015
Four ways prosecutors can improve their decision-making.
Commentary March 13, 2015
Governor Cuomo’s compromise leaves too many children behind.
Commentary March 13, 2015
The incoming head of the Death Penalty Information Center on the time he was a potential juror in a capital case.
Commentary March 4, 2015
Where suspects, by the thousands, disappear.
Commentary March 2, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision about juveniles and the death penalty, what has really changed?
Commentary February 27, 2015
How a post-Civil War massacre impacted racial justice in America.
Commentary February 26, 2015
Thurgood Marshall’s unsentimental views on race and the death penalty.
Commentary February 25, 2015
One conservative black activist’s campaign for community crime control.
Commentary February 24, 2015
Life inside the infamous Willacy immigration prison.
Commentary February 20, 2015
The odd-couple alliance on justice reform is not as odd as it seems.
Commentary February 19, 2015
In the case of this wrongfully convicted man, Louisiana says $0.00.
Commentary February 18, 2015
A social worker’s take on the misery of probation.
Commentary February 13, 2015
A prosecutor considers one his office got wrong.
Commentary January 27, 2015
Paying the wrongfully imprisoned, quickly, is both moral and economical.
Commentary January 2, 2015
Four things the next attorney general needs to know about America’s indigent defense crisis.
Commentary December 26, 2014
It’s up to judges to restore balance
Commentary December 19, 2014
Five ideas for reshaping law enforcement
Commentary December 17, 2014
A close look at the L.A. County Jail settlement
Commentary December 9, 2014
Feds announce new racial profiling rules — and local police yawn
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
Commentary November 21, 2014
A debate between Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Stephen Bright.