Marshall Project Originals
New Scrutiny on Murder Charges Against People Who Don’t Actually Kill
The U.S. is the only country that still uses the “felony murder” legal doctrine.
How a Growing Political Fight Threatens Local Control of Criminal Justice
Anxiety about crime — and plain politics — are fueling efforts to supplant local rule, from Washington, D.C., to St. Louis and other localities.
Which States Are Taking on Police Reform After George Floyd?
Lawmakers in 16 states have introduced bills to improve police oversight and accountability.
What I Learned About Voting Rights in the Fields of Angola
"We asked ourselves: Do we want to change our conditions, or do we want to change our circumstances?"
The Billionaire's Crusade
Broadcom's Henry Nicholas is spending millions to give victims a bigger voice, but not everyone agrees.
Maryland Leads as Prison Populations Continue to Decline
Sentencing reforms still curbing mass incarceration, but some eye reversals.
Convicted of a Drug Crime, Registered with Sex Offenders
In Kansas, even many minor drug offenders must appear on the state’s public registry. A new bill would change that.
Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Left and right came together on criminal justice reform. Then Trump happened.
Does College Hazing Defy the Laws It Spawned?
Many states bar dangerous rituals, but little seems to change.
Anyone in Favor of Child Sex Slavery?
Not in Congress. But what do all those anti-trafficking bills actually do?
Hands Off My Yacht
Left and right unite against forfeiture laws. But can they convince the Department of Justice? Update: Yes.
Shifting Away from Solitary
More states have passed solitary confinement reforms this year than in the past 16 years.
Is the Criminal Justice System Defensible?
A debate between Judge Harvie Wilkinson III and Stephen Bright.