Marshall Project Originals
Prisons Are Releasing People Without COVID-19 Tests Or Quarantines
People getting out of prison are bringing the virus outside because lockups aren’t taking basic precautions. Overtaxed halfway houses and other reentry programs are left to pick up the slack.
What 2,392 Incarcerated People Think About #DefundThePolice
Americans are grappling with intensifying calls to remake the criminal justice system. We asked people behind bars to weigh in.
Freed From Prison After 26 Years—Into a Coronavirus Hotspot
During the COVID-19 crisis, people coming home after decades behind bars find loved ones in quarantine, dire job prospects and overwhelmed social services agencies.
What’s in a Name?
New lawsuits by transgender people challenge bans on name changes for those convicted of crimes.
White House Pushing to Help Prisoners Before Their Release
Officials are trying to line up jobs and housing for 2,200 inmates who are scheduled to be freed in July under the First Step Act.
“Medicare for All” Is Missing a Vital Group: The Incarcerated
“Can criminal justice reform succeed without addressing the health of incarcerated people?"
The Inspiring Life and Career of Devah Pager
An appreciation of the Harvard sociologist who meticulously documented racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
My Dog Didn't Forget Me When I Went to Prison
Charlotte was there for the worst moments of my life. And she was there as I picked up the pieces.
Freaky Friday, Prison-Style
At a Kentucky prison, inmates and staff switch places during a “re-entry to society” role-playing game.
How Jeff Sessions Is Undermining Trump’s Prison Reform Agenda
The president wants to send more prisoners to halfway houses. The Justice Department is doing exactly the opposite.
I Met My Friend in Prison. Now I Doubt His Innocence.
A prison volunteer's belief in second chances faces a difficult test.
Another Hurdle For Former Inmates: Their Teeth
For many recently-released prisoners, severe dental issues are just one more barrier to restarting their lives.
The Long Way Home
“Each step in the transition from prison to community is an opportunity for either social integration or isolation.”
Getting Out of Prison Meant Leaving Dear Friends Behind
“We leaned on each other. We found reasons to laugh while in agony.”
How Post-Prison Reentry Programs Fail Queer Women
Having a man counts as a plan in some reentry programs.
When Your Prison Becomes Your Paycheck
Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars.
Making Sense of Senseless Violence
A Harvard sociologist on a recent story from The Marshall Project and the ways violence begets more violence.
When Less is More
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
What Are Inmates Learning in Prison? Not Much.
A new survey of 2,000 federal prisoners reveals big gaps in teaching reentry skills.