Marshall Project Originals
How We Reported on Voting and Criminal Courts in Cuyahoga County
The Marshall Project spent months analyzing court records and voting patterns to understand who chooses county judges and who experiences the consequences.
We Asked People in Cleveland What They Want to Know About Judges
They want to know about judges’ track records, legal experience and how they think about rehabilitation vs. prison time.
Who’s Electing Judges in the Cleveland Area? Not Those Ensnared in the System
In Cuyahoga County, voting patterns have resulted in mostly White judges deciding the fate of mostly Black criminal defendants.
“Law and Order” Still Reigns in State Supreme Court Elections
A Nevada state supreme court candidate was one of very few nationwide to run on a message of reform. Most campaigns leaned on “tough on crime” strategy yet again.
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.
Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Judicial Races
More than $19 million spent on campaigns for top court seats in 27 states.
Could Removing Brock Turner’s Judge Hurt Poor and Minority Defendants?
A group of public defenders says yes.
Will Pennsylvania Do Away With Elections for Supreme Court?
An expensive, tough-on-crime race tests the current system.