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Texas vs. the USA: Inside the Immigration Showdown
The Southern border is now an open battle between Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden Administration.
Closing Argument • 01.20.2024
What Bodycams Tell Us About the Challenges of Policing the Police
The cameras and other police accountability steps are popular with the public — but not always particularly effective.
Closing Argument • 12.16.2023
In 2022, Exonerations Hit a Record High in the U.S.
Globally, potential innocence has long outweighed potential guilt. That philosophy of justice may not be one that the majority of Americans endorse.
Closing Argument • 05.20.2023
How We Reported on Rising Gun Possession Arrests
The Marshall Project used arrest data in Chicago and other cities to understand who was arrested for gun possession and how the number of arrests changed over time.
Analysis • 05.03.2023
How Chicago Got Its Gun Laws
It’s nearly impossible to separate modern-day gun laws from race.
Feature • 03.24.2023
5 Things to Know About the Failed War on Gun Violence
Gun possession arrests are a major policing tactic in the fight against gun violence. Here’s how that plays out.
Feature • 03.23.2023
The War on Gun Violence Has Failed. And Black Men Are Paying the Price.
In Chicago and elsewhere, gun possession arrests are rising as shootings go unsolved.
Feature • 03.23.2023
Crime Dominates Voters’ Minds and Politicians’ Tongues
Chicago’s mayoral runoff and other spring elections in cities such as Denver and Akron, Ohio, will hinge largely on crime and public safety issues.
Closing Argument • 03.04.2023
How Police Unions Try to Tilt the Scales on Oversight Boards
As more cities set up police watchdogs, some officers’ unions seek new ways to try to weaken them.
Closing Argument • 01.21.2023
Thousands of Migrants Are Now Pawns in Immigration Politics
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s policy of busing migrants to other states has ignited heated political debate. People are caught in the middle.
Closing Argument • 09.03.2022
What You Need to Know About the Rise in U.S. Mass Shootings
A high-profile mass shooting at a Chicago suburb’s July 4 parade was the nation’s fourth in recent weeks.
Analysis • 07.06.2022
What Can FBI Data Say About Crime in 2021? It’s Too Unreliable to Tell
The transition to a new data system creates huge gaps in national crime stats sure to be exploited by politicians in this election year.
Analysis • 06.14.2022
I Was Sentenced to Life as a Juvenile. Now I Help Kids Build Brighter Futures.
Imprisoned for 25 years, Fred Weatherspoon was shocked to return to a Chicago he didn’t recognize. He found belonging in an unexpected way — working with vulnerable young people and their families.
Life Inside • 10.21.2021
Cops Could Use First Aid to Save Lives. Many Never Try.
Most officers get training to respond to injuries, but are often not required to use it.
Feature • 12.15.2020
Where Coronavirus Is Surging—And Electronic Surveillance, Too
In Chicago and elsewhere, the number of people wearing an ankle monitor has jumped in recent months due to the pandemic.
Coronavirus • 11.22.2020
I Wasn’t a Superpredator. I Was a Kid Who Made a Terrible Decision.
In 1994, at age 14, Derrick Hardaway took part in the murder of an 11-year-old. The media used the crime to build the myth of the superpredator—and stuck him with a label he’s still trying to shed.
Life Inside • 11.20.2020
When Does Murder Make The News? It Depends On The Victim’s Race.
Mainstream media is less likely to cover Black homicide victims and less likely to portray them as complex human beings, a new study shows.
Justice Lab • 10.28.2020
Two Families, Two Fates: When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse
The power of child-abuse pediatric specialists and parents’ unequal journey toward justice
Feature • 08.20.2020
As More Federal Agents Enter American Cities, Local Leaders Can’t Keep Them In Line
Critics say mayors should be wary as the Justice Department expands law-enforcement task forces.
News • 07.31.2020
Is Domestic Violence Rising During the Coronavirus Shutdown? Here’s What the Data Shows.
Reports of domestic abuse in three cities have dropped. But police and experts say that may be a problem.
Coronavirus • 04.22.2020
The Kim Foxx Effect: How Prosecutions Have Changed in Cook County
The state’s attorney promised to transform the office. Data shows she’s dismissed thousands of felonies that would have been pursued in the past.
Feature • 10.24.2019
Lee Harris spent years in prison without hope, until an unlikely friendship led to a years-long crusade to prove his innocence.
Southside • 11.02.2018
The Gun King
A middle-class college student from the Chicago suburbs used Facebook to sell firearms to gangsters. But was he a kingpin or a scapegoat?
Southside • 11.01.2018
The Waiting Room
For many released into the harsh environment outside Chicago’s Cook County Jail, it can be impossible to find their way home.
Southside • 10.31.2018
Why Police Should Embrace Communities—Not Shut Them Out
A former police chief on why the job should be more than “runnin’ and gunnin’.”
Commentary • 10.30.2018
Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his crew tortured false confessions out of hundreds of black men. Decades later, the survivors fought for reparations.
Southside • 10.30.2018
The Hustle of Kim Foxx
After the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, can a new state’s attorney bring real reform to Chicago?
Southside • 10.29.2018
Chicago Cop Jason Van Dyke's Record Was a Warning Sign
Can the conviction of Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke finally force policing into the 21st century?
Commentary • 10.28.2018
The Video Doesn’t Lie — Even If the Officer Did
A retired police officer reflects on the Jason Van Dyke verdict.
Commentary • 10.16.2018
👀 👀 👀 the Prosecutors
Court Watch NYC is the latest local group monitoring the criminal justice system as it happens.
News • 02.26.2018
Her Son Murdered, a Chicago Mother Waits for Answers
Two years later and no arrest. ‘Will it ever happen?’
Life Inside • 03.23.2017
Crime Hotspots Need Investments, Not Just Policing
Anti-crime strategies should try to fix what makes hotspots prone to violence.
Commentary • 03.13.2017
Against the Trump Tide
Away from Washington, a new breed of prosecutors takes first steps.
News • 01.25.2017
What Trump’s Win Means for Chicago and Baltimore’s Cops
The president-elect may soon upend an Obama-era police reform tactic.
News • 11.09.2016
Chicago’s Ousted Top Cop Talks to Common About Race, Guns and Mistrust
A new docu-series, ‘America Divided,’ explores inequality, issue by issue.
News • 09.29.2016
The Most Dangerous Neighborhood, the Most Inexperienced Cops
In Chicago and elsewhere, rookies are cannon fodder while vets police the safer neighborhoods.
News • 09.20.2016
Chicago’s Civilian Review Board: Will the New One Be Better?
Advocates seek more independence from police involvement.
News • 08.16.2016
Trump Denounces Chicago on Gun Violence, But Is He Leaving Something Out?
A lot of those guns come from neighboring Indiana, the state his running mate leads.
News • 07.25.2016
The ‘Chicago Model’ of Policing Hasn’t Saved Chicago
Why is everyone else copying it?
Feature • 04.19.2016
Philly's Retiring Police Commissioner on Facing Corruption and What People Get Wrong about Police Shootings
“There are two things cops don’t like – the way things are, and change.”
Q&A • 01.06.2016
Another Police ‘Reformer’ Takes a Fall
Chicago’s chief became a political liability.
News • 12.02.2015