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Our Reporting on Coronavirus

Coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal justice and immigration.

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People who live and work in the justice system face unique challenges.

Innovations and technology help prisoners stay connected amid COVID-19. Prison advocates and the families of those behind bars worry, though, about what happens when the coronavirus recedes. Read more.

More on living and working conditions

We’re watching how the criminal justice system responds to the crisis.

Corrections officials across the country are releasing prisoners without COVID-19 tests or without adequate quarantining. Many returnees, and their families, say that prison officials aren’t doing nearly enough to stop the spread of the virus. Read more.

More on accountability

We’re tracking and explaining the data behind the disaster.

All coronavirus coverage

News Inside March 2
Over 100 incarcerated people around the country told us their questions about the vaccine. Here’s information about whether it’s safe, when it could be available and more.
Coronavirus March 1
As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur.
Coronavirus February 25
The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.
Life Inside February 11
“At the heart of our mental chess game lies a profound lesson: The difference between being content or distraught is a matter of perspective.”
Life Inside January 21
Doing time during a pandemic can mean fighting for your turn to wash your body or call your family. Inside one man’s battle with an inaudible loudspeaker, weary guards and a dysfunctional process.
News January 19
But will high-tech programs replace “the human touch” when the virus ebbs?
News January 19
People getting out of prison are bringing the virus outside because lockups aren’t taking basic precautions. Overtaxed halfway houses and other reentry programs are left to pick up the slack.
News December 23, 2020
Citizens who filed taxes with an undocumented immigrant can now receive stimulus payments.
News December 21, 2020
Ohio guard members patrolling inside prisons trained for a fraction of the 5 weeks required of correction officers.
Coronavirus December 21, 2020
As COVID-19 infections soar, prisoners and corrections officers worry that transferring people between facilities is causing outbreaks.