Marshall Project Originals
A DNA Test Might Help Exonerate This Man. A Judge Won’t Allow It.
North Carolina judge denies testing in a 1992 murder case, but lawyers want shell casings examined.
New York City’s Bail Success Story
Judges have drastically cut back on bail and jail in criminal cases, a new study shows. And defendants are still showing up in court.
So Much for The Great California Bail Celebration
The first state to abolish cash bail. Why are proponents so unhappy?
Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.
Why This Judge Dreads Execution Day
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
Why Are Joe Biden and the NRA Endorsing State Judges?
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
Let’s Put an End to Prosecutorial Immunity
“The time has come to create some level of accountability for prosecutors.”
Debating Risk-Assessment Tools
Experts weigh in on whether algorithms have a place in our criminal justice system.
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
I Set a Defendant Free And Got Blamed When He Raped Someone
A judge explains how he decides whether to release a defendant before trial without bail — and how it can go bad.
I'm a Judge and I Think Criminal Court Is Horrifying
“I was shocked at the casual racism emanating from the bench.”
Kentucky Judge Amber Wolf On Her Newfound Internet Stardom
“All judges are human beings under that robe.”
The Death Penalty Case Where Prosecutors Wrote the Judge’s ‘Opinion’
Is that fair? The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide.
Should Jurors Refuse to Serve with the Judge in the Brock Turner Case?
The oddest fallout from the Stanford sexual assault
How Easy Would It Be to Recall the Judge in the Brock Turner Case?
A high-profile sexual-assault case provokes demands for pulling the judge off the bench, but such a remedy is rare.
What Happens When There Aren’t Enough Judges to Go Around
84 federal vacancies, and a glacial confirmation rate, put extra stress on some districts
A One-Man Justice Crusade in North Carolina
Before there was a conservative push for reform, there was ‘Bev’ Lake.
Why judges sometimes opt for sandwich boards, chicken suits, and other embarrassing punishments.