Marshall Project Originals
Afraid of Jail? Buy an Upgrade
How California's pay-to-stay jails create a two-tiered justice system.
The Death Penalty is Alive and Well
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Death by Another Name
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
Three States to Watch if You Care About the Death Penalty
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
It’s Not Just Pot and the Death Penalty
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
The War on Drugs Isn't Even Working in Prison
Frequent urine tests, controversial scanners, and false positives.
The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370
How loved ones bear the hidden cost of shipping inmates out of state.
One Man’s Haunting Look at PTSD and His Brother’s Execution
The Oscar-nominated short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ traces the troubled life of a black veteran.
Rarely Seen Images of the Real San Quentin
Thousands of photos, unearthed after decades, form an archive of daily life.
Security Warnings by U.S. Preceded California Jail Break
Three inmates had a 16-hour head start after fleeing lock-up that had ‘poor supervision.'
Getting a Hustle: How to Live Like a King Behind Bars
From moonshine to tattoos to balloons of drugs.
The Unfolding Campaign to Save the Death Penalty
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
Were These Transgender Prisoners Paroled — Or Just Kicked Out?
Three prisons were ordered to provide transgender health care. Three prisoners were suddenly set free.
When Prisons Need to Be More Like Nursing Homes
Finding new ways to treat the growing pool of older, ailing inmates.
Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look
For $2 a day, “It’s a hairy adventure, let me tell you.”
‘Children Do Not Have the Same Capacity as Adults to Control Their Reactions.’
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
A Record of Trouble
California looks to halfway houses, finds a company cited for violence and escapes.