Marshall Project Originals
A Battle Over First Amendment Rights in Prisons
New York state tried to limit writings and artistic works from prisoners — illustrating a growing issue across the country.
What I Learned From a Year of ‘Life Inside’
Publishing personal essays about the criminal justice system can be as complex as the system itself, writes engagement journalist Carla Canning.
The Genius Speech That Changed My Life
Words like “junkie,” “destitute” and “criminal” have applied to me at some point in my life. Hearing the formerly incarcerated voting rights activist Desmond Meade speak at my prison reminded me that my sky is full of stars, my heart is full of hope and my future is full of promise.