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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.

As the pandemic forced almost every aspect of life onto a screen, parents who lost custody of their children could not visit them in person. But they had to somehow prove a strong bond with their kids — even infants — over Zoom to get them back. Read more

More on living and working conditions

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

Fewer than 20% of federal and state prisoners have received a COVID-19 shot, our new tally reveals. In some states, prisoners have had to sue to get access. In other places, those who are eligible haven’t been given adequate education about the shot. Read more.

More on accountability

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

All coronavirus coverage

Coronavirus May 6
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.
Coronavirus May 3
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.
Feature April 23
At the start of the pandemic, we asked four incarcerated people to chronicle daily life with the coronavirus. Here, they reveal what they witnessed and how they coped with the chaos, fear, isolation and deaths.
Coronavirus April 14
During the pandemic, video chats replaced in-person visits between parents and their children placed in foster care. The effects could linger for years.
Coronavirus April 6
Despite CDC advice to vaccinate prisoners quickly, two-thirds of states lag behind the general population.
News Inside March 17
Getting News Inside into prisons and jails isn’t easy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we remain committed to putting lifesaving information in your hands.
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.
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
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.