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Marshall Project Originals
I'm in Prison—And on HBO
Theothus Carter reflects on starring in the film “O.G.”, alongside Jeffrey Wright, while serving time in prison.
Life Inside • 02.28.2019
‘I Can Help This Person’
A prison psychologist mourns a patient he tried to save.
Life Inside • 03.30.2017
How I Came to Terms with the Man Who Shot Me
A victim is transformed by a family history of crime and violence.
Life Inside • 12.15.2016
‘Please Find My Grandson’
What I saw tracking down the mentally ill in jail.
Life Inside • 12.01.2016
My Daughter Died After Spending Four Days in Jail
“Her eyes were slightly open, but vacant.”
Life Inside • 11.17.2016
When Your Cellmate is Mentally Ill
Spending 20 hours a day with someone else’s delusions.
Life Inside • 11.10.2016
In Attica, Guards Like Trump and Prisoners Like Clinton
“Yo… this dude Trump is outta line!”
Life Inside • 11.03.2016
How I Break Prison Rules to Keep in Touch with My Family
“Sometimes I won’t hear from my family in years.”
Life Inside • 04.28.2016
The War on Drugs Isn't Even Working in Prison
Frequent urine tests, controversial scanners, and false positives.
Life Inside • 04.14.2016
A Prosecutor’s Regret: How I Got Someone Life in Prison for Drugs
“At the end of my life, I’d like to know that I wasn’t responsible for Lewis Clay spending his final days in prison.”
Life Inside • 04.07.2016
What It’s Like to Almost Get Executed
San Quentin inmate Kevin Cooper on watching the minutes tick away on his life.
Life Inside • 03.31.2016
How I Survived ‘Ninja Shakedown’ Cell Searches
Fear and anxiety during a three-day lockdown.
Life Inside • 03.25.2016
My Memories of Being in Prison with Whitey Bulger
Tales of the “pale, white-haired, geezer in a wheelchair.”
Life Inside • 03.17.2016
Inside the 'Shithouse,' the Prison Unit Where Troubled Inmates Throw Feces at Guards
What it’s like to slowly lose your mind in the grossest corner of the prison-industrial complex.
Life Inside • 03.04.2016
What It’s Like to Be Gay in Prison
When the people in charge are homophobic.
Life Inside • 02.25.2016
How I Reconnected with My Estranged Daughter from Prison
One crinkly letter at a time.
Life Inside • 02.05.2016
What It’s Like to Be Moved From Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison
An endless shuffle takes a toll.
Life Inside • 01.29.2016
Getting a Hustle: How to Live Like a King Behind Bars
From moonshine to tattoos to balloons of drugs.
Life Inside • 01.15.2016
My Life in the Supermax
Finger handshakes, the toilet phone, and the “shoe bomber.”
Life Inside • 01.08.2016
A Rare, White Christmas in a Texas Prison
“A few flakes continued to fall, and for a moment, I forgot where I was.”
Life Inside • 12.23.2015
My Wife and Child Died on the Way Home From Visiting Me in Prison
On loss behind bars.
Life Inside • 12.11.2015
Why it’s Hard to be a Lifer Who’s Getting Out of Prison
After 34 years inside, sometimes you never feel free.
Life Inside • 12.04.2015
Bored in Jail? Walk to Canada.
The imagined journey of Steven Ray Epperson.
Life Inside • 07.31.2015
Doing Whatever It Takes to Create a Prison Garden
“The staff didn't have a clue.”
Life Inside • 06.09.2015
Raised, and Imprisoned, by the State
A prisoner and former foster child on the kids he knew — and the inmates they became.
Life Inside • 05.26.2015