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Feature July 16
How am I doing? Check the sentiment meter.
Feature July 13
But a haven for bail bondsmen is getting less friendly.
Feature July 13
A unique database offered an unprecedented look at the lucrative business.
Feature June 21
Policies for notifying families about inmate deaths vary by state. Some say the process is often inhumane.
Feature June 8
Can a violent adult jail teach kids to love school?
Feature May 22
Broadcom's Henry Nicholas is spending millions to give victims a bigger voice, but not everyone agrees.
Feature May 15
They know what he did. They just don’t know who he is.
Feature May 8
Young brains are still evolving. One prison is trying to take advantage of that.
Feature April 29
Think the Manhattan DA goes easy on the rich? Take a look at how he prosecutes the poor.
Feature April 29
Vance the philanthropist, Vance and the game of hide-the-evidence, Vance and the rise of the reform DA.
Feature April 19
We leave traces of our genetic material everywhere, even on things we’ve never touched. That got Lukis Anderson charged with a brutal crime he didn’t commit.
Feature April 9
How nearly 2,000 cameras tamed America’s most notorious prison
Feature April 7
Two brothers did 31 years for someone else’s crime. Then things went bad.
Feature March 7
“Compassionate release” has bipartisan support as a way to reduce the federal prison population and save taxpayer money. New data shows that it’s rarely used.
Feature February 28
After nearly a decade in detention, Haroon Gul believed he had a chance at freedom. Then came President Trump.
Feature February 15
Tennessee locks ailing, mentally ill, pregnant and juvenile prisoners in isolation to help jails save money.
Feature January 23
Meet Sheriff Michael Chitwood, a Yankee cop in good-ol’-boy territory.
Feature January 22
How “Cops” became the most polarizing reality TV show in America.
Feature January 19
A visit to Trump’s immigration bedlam.
Feature January 18
More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.
Feature December 21, 2017
Inside the booming market for food in pouches, clear electronics, pocket-less clothing and other corrections-approved goods.
Feature November 1, 2017
The unique prison re-entry plan conceived by — and for — women.
Feature October 26, 2017
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders.
Feature October 11, 2017
As the climate changes, inmates without air-conditioning have no escape from extreme heat.
Feature September 24, 2017
By reframing the issue around the evils of big government, Republicans are notching victories that have eluded more liberal legislatures.
Feature September 13, 2017
In prison for 20 years, Michelle was chosen for Harvard's elite graduate history program. Then she was unchosen.
Feature August 7, 2017
Defendants say evidence laws force them to take pleas while “blindfolded.”
Feature July 30, 2017
Under Trump, an Obama strategy unravels
Feature June 21, 2017
New data shows legalization leads to fewer encounters between cops and drivers, but racial disparities remain.
Feature June 6, 2017
Left and right came together on criminal justice reform. Then Trump happened.
Feature June 3, 2017
How your ugly booking photos (and Tiger’s) became a commodity for cops, hustlers and journalists.
Feature May 31, 2017
When autism, child pornography and the courts collide.
Feature May 22, 2017
Katie's father went to prison for raping her and her brothers. It was an unthinkable crime that broke her family apart. So why couldn't she remember it?
Feature May 15, 2017
For the lives ruined, for justice denied, sorry.
Feature April 16, 2017
What happens when juries decide to tie one on.
Feature March 30, 2017
Many veterans make careers in policing. Some bring war home.
Feature March 22, 2017
Eight young men and the murder story that sent them away for life
Feature March 9, 2017
How California's pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system.
Feature January 3, 2017
Researching lynching cold cases, law students restore history.
Feature December 12, 2016
Welcome to Stewart Detention Center, the black hole of the immigration system.
Feature December 7, 2016
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
Feature December 6, 2016
Medicaid for ex-prisoners saves money and lives, but millions are released without it.
Feature November 15, 2016
Prisoners describe a rampage by correctional officers in a New York prison.
Feature October 26, 2016
In this federal prison, inmates have a choice: live with a violent cellmate or end up in shackles.
Feature October 6, 2016
A system that can link gun crimes through shell casings is hobbled by skepticism and lack of manpower.
Feature September 28, 2016
Violent crime is up in some places, but is it really a trend?
Feature September 14, 2016
Applicants said the country's largest state university system discriminated against former prison inmates. Now, the schools have decided to 'ban the box'.
Feature September 9, 2016
Meet Rhonda Covington, the one-woman office.
Feature September 8, 2016
Louisiana judges are finding some unexpected substitutes for underfunded defenders.
Feature September 7, 2016
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
Feature July 22, 2016
Lost in America’s deportation bureaucracy.
Feature July 13, 2016
At a painful time, a roundup of proposed remedies
Feature July 6, 2016
Tens of thousands of people every year are packed into vans run by for-profit companies with almost no oversight.
Feature July 4, 2016
Giving strange new life to old penitentiaries.
Feature June 28, 2016
How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.
Feature June 28, 2016
I grew up idolizing my brother. Then he killed a man.
Feature June 26, 2016
Books about criminal justice, curated by The Marshall Project staff.
Feature May 24, 2016
A radical new interrogation technique is transforming the art of detective work: Shut up and let the suspect do the talking.
Feature May 4, 2016
David Clarke, the Trump-loving, pro-mass-incarceration Fox News favorite, is challenging criminal-justice reform—and stereotypes.
Feature April 12, 2016
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
Feature April 6, 2016
Your guide to the criminal justice system.
Feature March 24, 2016
Imagine living in a cell that’s smaller than a parking space — with a homicidal roommate.
Feature February 28, 2016
Listening in on watercooler chatter online.
Feature February 12, 2016
Black Lives Matter took center stage in 2015’s hip-hop and R&B.
Feature February 3, 2016
In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, St. Louis cops embrace crime-predicting software.
Feature February 2, 2016
Kahton Anderson and the raging raise-the-age debate.
Feature January 27, 2016
Jhon Sanchez already served his time for a series of sex offenses he committed when he was 13. But he’s not free yet. Inside the world of civil commitment.
Feature January 15, 2016
A look at Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley in their fourth debate.
Feature January 14, 2016
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
Feature January 7, 2016
New programs are easing inmates out of years of solitary confinement with surprising outcomes for both prisoners and corrections officers.
Feature January 4, 2016
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
Feature December 16, 2015
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
Feature December 10, 2015
From prison pups to personal trainers with rap sheets.
Feature November 11, 2015
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
Feature October 23, 2015
A one-on-one interview with the president.
Feature October 18, 2015
New regulations would give parents in prison the right to pause child support payments, but opponents say it undercuts welfare reform.
Feature October 16, 2015
Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.
Feature September 27, 2015
Corrections officials say he injured an inmate and lied about it. He’s still a state employee. He’s more the rule than the exception.
Feature September 25, 2015
Germany allows inmates to wear their own clothes, cook their own meals, and have romantic visits. Could that work in the United States?
Feature September 23, 2015
From liquids that smell like dead animals to high-temperature heat rays, the present and future of non-lethal weapons.
Feature September 21, 2015
You are about to enter Philadelphia’s largest jail. Here is what you should know.
Feature September 18, 2015
Tracking scheduled executions around the country.
Feature September 8, 2015
Why people are using sites like Yelp to vent and offer tips about prison and jail.
Feature August 4, 2015
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
Feature July 29, 2015
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
Feature July 10, 2015
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Feature July 9, 2015
Can the Abel Assessment tell if you're a potential child-molester?
Feature July 2, 2015
What comes after mass incarceration? Local incarceration.
Feature June 28, 2015
From the people who live and work there.
Feature June 24, 2015
How a proven tool may be anything but.
Feature June 22, 2015
Pat Nolan and a movement that may have found its moment.
Feature June 17, 2015
Why did this undocumented woman spend more than four years in detention?
Feature June 17, 2015
In Texas, staffers rarely go to jail for sexually abusing inmates.
Feature June 11, 2015
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
Feature June 9, 2015
Missouri keeps killing Jennifer Herndon’s clients. So she invented an alternate life.
Feature June 3, 2015
An immigration trend changes the face of corrections.
Feature June 1, 2015
Three states, three ways to kill a human being.
Feature May 26, 2015
As the Justice Department pushes reform, some changes don't last.
Feature May 13, 2015
We talk to the man who became our national nightmare. Thirty years later, does he still matter?
Feature April 15, 2015
A doula offers a little comfort for a birth behind bars.
Feature April 11, 2015
California looks to halfway houses, finds a company cited for violence and escapes.
Feature April 7, 2015
The man who was accidentally released from prison 88 years early.
Feature March 30, 2015
A closer look at the Sunshine State’s history of undercounting, or altogether ignoring, sexual abuse in its prisons.
Feature March 24, 2015
Advice from America’s prison coaches.
Feature March 18, 2015
Three days in Room 19E2, Bellevue Hospital.
Feature March 9, 2015
More questions about the Willingham case.
Feature March 6, 2015
Skipping school is a problem. But why is it a crime?
Feature February 28, 2015
A savage beating, a culture “beyond repair.”
Feature February 25, 2015
What happens when you throw a teenager into an adult prison? Guess.
Feature February 23, 2015
The bail industry wants to be your jailer.
Feature February 20, 2015
Two new safety videos aim to protect New York inmates from prison rape.
Feature February 6, 2015
Is entrepreneurship the way from prison to prosperity?
Feature February 2, 2015
Notes from a Boston courtroom.
Feature December 22, 2014
The very sleep-deprived life of a corrections officer.
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
Feature December 11, 2014
Judicial elections have gotten ugly. That’s bad news for defendants.
Feature December 10, 2014
The lawyers favor acquittal.
Feature December 3, 2014
Bellying up to the arsenal.
Feature November 25, 2014
A closer look at the Ohio city that everyone is touting as the model of police-community harmony.
Feature November 16, 2014
When lawyers stumble, only their clients fall.
Feature November 15, 2014
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.
Feature October 6, 2014
Junior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia sent him to jail.
Feature August 3, 2014
Did Texas execute an innocent man?