Marshall Project Originals
How Bill Barr’s COVID-19 Prisoner Release Plan Could Favor White People
Only 7 percent of black men would be deemed low-risk enough to get out using the federal prison system’s risk assessment tool, according to an analysis.
Can Racist Algorithms Be Fixed?
A new study adds to the debate over racial bias in risk assessment tools widely used in courtrooms.
Debating Risk-Assessment Tools
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools
Algorithms can help the criminal justice system, but only alongside thoughtful humans.
The New Science of Sentencing
Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven’t been committed yet?
Life Without Parole
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Parole
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.