Marshall Project Originals
7 Key Criminal Justice Takeaways From the Midterms
Sheriffs. Prosecutors. Abortion and slavery amendments. Here’s what you should know about this week’s results.
Don’t Expect Mass Prison Releases From Biden’s Marijuana Clemency
The president’s mass pardon may signal a shift in the federal approach to cannabis, but it won’t let anyone out of prison.
The Case Against Cannabis
A journalist’s pursuit of the truth about marijuana, mental illness and violence.
Police Recruiters Have a Few Questions
Have you ever run away from home? What’s your most unusual sex act?
The People vs. Cy Vance
Think the Manhattan DA goes easy on the rich? Take a look at how he prosecutes the poor.
Seven Years Behind Bars for Two Joints — And Now He’s Free
Bernard Noble, whose case became a symbol of harsh drug laws, walks out of a Louisiana prison.
Waiting for Justice
One man’s seven-year wait for a trial reveals the ways mandatory minimums distort our courts.
How Do You Clear a Pot Conviction From Your Record?
It depends on where you live. (Californians, you’re in luck.)
When Are You Too Stoned to Drive?
The question is trickier than you’d think for police, and the courts, to answer.
When You’re Busted at the Music Festival, Who Ya Gonna Call?
Some defense lawyers have learned to specialize in the realm of excess.
How the Law Will Adapt to Oregon’s Legalized Pot
Expunged arrest records, and new jobs for police dogs.
Get Caught with Pot, Face Deportation
As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.
The State of Marijuana
A conversation with a prominent thinker on the evolving law — and business — of pot.
What You Should Read About Loretta Lynch
A selective guide to the reporting on the next attorney general.