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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.

Mia Armstrong read the reports that say her beloved uncle Brian died of “sudden cardiac arrest” hours after he was released from jail. She knows he tested positive for COVID-19 when he died. But she also knows there was nothing sudden about her uncle’s health problems, or the way he couldn’t get the care he needed as he cycled through hospital and jail cells. Read more.

More on living and working conditions

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

Prison suicides have been rising, and experts worry that the coronavirus has made things worse. Prison visitations were cancelled. Many were locked in isolated detention for extended periods. There were 50 suicides in Texas prisons last year, and statistics suggest this year will be even worse. Read more.

More on accountability

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

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Lance Lowry, who recently retired after 20 years as a corrections officer, outside the Huntsville Unit in Texas.
News November 1
Fewer guards lead to more lockdowns, rising tensions and scant access to healthcare.
Life Inside August 26
“Sudden cardiac death,” is the cause listed on my uncle Bryan’s death certificate. But it didn’t feel sudden at all — not when you factor in his underlying mental and physical health problems, years of poor prison medical care and the fact that he caught COVID-19 in his Arizona jail.
Inside Out August 12
Prison suicides have been rising for years. Experts fear the pandemic has made it worse.
Coronavirus July 30
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.
Inside Out July 1
When coronavirus hit federal prisons, the top officials had no health care experience.
A man from a nearby prison was shackled to the bed in a Rhode Island hospital while being treated with a ventilator for COVID-19 in the intensive care unit in December.
Coronavirus June 30
People who live and work in prisons worry they remain vulnerable, even as life behind bars returns to business as usual.
Feature June 29
During the pandemic, prison officials could have prevented sickness and death by releasing those who were most vulnerable to coronavirus and least likely to reoffend — older incarcerated people.
Coronavirus June 24
The Marshall Project and The Associated Press collected data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons every week. See how the virus affected correctional facilities near you.
Sean McQuiddy contracted COVID-19 while at a federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.
News June 11
As the pandemic worsened inside federal prisons, officials granted fewer releases.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, the number of people in county jails, including the main detention center pictured here, dropped by nearly 250 during the pandemic.
News June 7
Judges, prosecutors and sheriffs in many states sent people home instead of to jail last year, but new data suggests the change is not lasting.