Marshall Project Originals
Why Would Prisons Ban My Book? Absurdities Rule the System
Censorship kept me from finishing a college essay behind bars. Now, prisons might keep readers from my memoir.
The Books Banned in Your State’s Prisons
We asked all state systems for book policies and ban lists, then created a database for you.
The Case Against Cannabis
A journalist’s pursuit of the truth about marijuana, mental illness and violence.
An inexhaustive list of books on criminal justice, curated by The Marshall Project staff until 2019.
When the Innocent Go to Prison, How Many Guilty Go Free?
A husband and wife want to upend how we talk about wrongful convictions.
New York Cancels Private Prison Care Packages Program
An uproar over cost, selection — and coloring books.
I Served 26 Years for Murder Even Though the Killer Confessed
One of the strangest, cruelest stories of wrongful conviction you’ll ever read.
What I Learned From the Neo-Nazi in My Prison Book Club
An inmate who grew up worshipping Hitler forces a reading group facilitator to challenge her own beliefs.
After 20 Years in Prison, All I Can Write Is Fantasy
An inmate, his typewriter and dreams of the Internet.