What are records? Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. The Marshall Project does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of reports other than its own.
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Marshall Project Originals
‘The Fullness of Time’: Jacob Wideman Confronts His Fate
Part Eight of the “Violation” podcast explores what time means behind bars. And listeners respond to the question: Did Jake get what he deserves?
Violation • 02.06.2024
Some of Our Best Work of 2023
In podcasts, broadcasts and narrative stories, we examined prison conditions, prosecutions of pregnant women, Dungeons & Dragons on death row, and more.
Analysis • 12.20.2023
This Radio Show Connects People Behind Bars With the Outside World
Prisoncast! — a special audio project from WBEZ Chicago — brings the sounds of life beyond prison walls to incarcerated people in Illinois.
News • 11.01.2023
Jacob Wideman Says ‘Vindictive’ Arizona Officials Violated His Rights
A “Violation” podcast update brings listeners into Wideman’s case against state corrections and parole officials.
Violation • 09.26.2023
Watch the Trailer for ‘Two Strikes’ and ‘Tutwiler’
The Marshall Project and Frontline’s short prison documentaries will air on PBS and can be streamed online.
News and Awards • 08.29.2023
‘No Safe Place’: On Memory, Trauma and Truth
Part Seven of the “Violation” podcast reveals new information about Jake Wideman’s past and explains what happens next in his legal case.
Violation • 05.03.2023
The Parole Violation That Sent Jacob Wideman Back to Prison
Part Six of the “Violation” podcast explores: Was Jake a master manipulator, the victim of a misunderstanding — or something worse?
Violation • 04.26.2023
‘Mass Supervision’: Out of Prison, But Not the System
Part Five of the “Violation” podcast follows Jacob Wideman on home arrest and examines conditions faced by millions on parole or probation in the U.S.
Violation • 04.19.2023
‘Heart Tests’: Finding Life (and Love) Behind Bars
Part Four of the “Violation” podcast follows Jacob Wideman as he confronts his mental health, navigates romance, and faces a skeptical parole board.
Violation • 04.12.2023
‘A Trap for the Unwary’: The Power and Paradox of Parole Boards
Part Three of the “Violation” podcast examines America’s opaque parole system and how Jacob Wideman prepared to argue for his release.
Violation • 04.05.2023
A Summer Camp Murder. Two Sons, Lost.
The premiere of “Violation,” a podcast from The Marshall Project and WBUR, examines the decades-long ripple effects of an inexplicable crime.
Violation • 03.22.2023
Introducing ‘Violation,’ a Podcast From The Marshall Project and WBUR
Violence. Power. Privilege. The series explores these themes through one case — and pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of parole boards.
Violation • 03.08.2023
I Was Sentenced to Die in Prison. But After 27 Years, I’m Finally Free
When I went to jail in 1995, I had never used the internet. As I play catchup, the simplest things are everything.
Life Inside • 02.24.2023
I Joined the Parole Board to Make a Difference. Now I Call It ‘Conveyor Belt Justice.’
Between the grueling schedule, copious paperwork, abrupt hearings and risk-averse colleagues, prison reformer Carol Shapiro realized the New York parole system was dysfunctional by design.
Life Inside • 06.17.2022
Paroled People Can Vote in Colorado. Why Did Forms Say They Couldn’t?
More than two years after a reform bill, outdated government messaging still causes confusion.
Analysis • 03.24.2022
The Criminal Justice Issue Nobody Talks About: Brain Injuries
I know firsthand what it’s like to navigate the criminal justice system with a brain injury caused by domestic violence. I also live with the fact that an injury like mine can turn a victim into a perpetrator.
Life Inside • 01.06.2022
After a Decade on Parole, I Saw 2021 As a Fresh Start. Life Had Other Plans.
A workplace injury derailed Alfonso Cobb’s progress, but the Arkansas wood factory worker is still holding on to his freedom dreams.
Life Inside • 12.09.2021
Mr. Sitthivong Goes to Washington
Felix Sitthivong, who is serving 65 years in a Washington prison, recently testified before the state’s House Public Safety Committee in support of a bill that could decrease his time. “They can stall our bills,” he writes of the “disappointing” outcome, “but they can never stall our dedication.”
Life Inside • 05.21.2021
A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of COVID-19
Closed courts, faulty technology and delays in post-release programs are among a range of barriers keeping a population prime for release behind bars.
Coronavirus • 05.06.2020
Probation and Parole Officers Are Rethinking Their Rules As Coronavirus Spreads
Social distancing is pressing officials across the country to skip traditional methods such as jailing people for “technical violations” like missing check-ins.
Coronavirus • 04.03.2020
People on Probation and Parole Are Being Denied Perfectly Legal Medical Weed
Despite statewide legalization, some counties ban probationers and parolees from using medical marijuana. So the chronically ill turn to less effective and more addictive prescription drugs.
News • 01.17.2020
He Was 17 When He Went To Prison. How Much Should That Matter To The Parole Board?
If William Palmer wins in court, thousands could get closer to exiting California prisons.
Case in Point • 11.18.2019
What I Think About When I Think About Freedom
“It’s conflicting, I imagine, to hear how someone who once took a life thinks about living a good life.”
Life Inside • 11.13.2019
How More Than 50 Women Walked Out of a Prison in Oklahoma
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
News • 11.04.2019
My GPS-Tracked Life on Parole
“Even in prison, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry about doing something wrong when I’m doing everything right.”
Life Inside • 10.28.2019
Took a Plea? Brooklyn's District Attorney Will Support Your Parole
Most prosecutors automatically oppose parole requests. Not Eric Gonzalez.
News • 04.17.2019
Want to Shrink the Prison Population? Look at Parole.
Missouri lawsuit says that the state’s parole process puts too many people back behind bars.
News • 02.11.2019
Louisiana’s Taurus Buchanan Wins Parole After 25 Years
At 16, one deadly punch sent him away for life. The Supreme Court gave him a second chance at freedom.
News • 10.02.2018
Want to Escape a Criminal Past? Move to Alaska (Like I Did)
After I left prison, nobody would hire me. So I threw a dart at a map.
Life Inside • 05.03.2018
How I’m Preparing for Parole After 27 Years in Prison
“With my new lease on life, I still remember the one I took.”
Life Inside • 04.26.2018
For Henry Montgomery, a Catch-22
His “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions.
Commentary • 02.28.2018
When Less is More
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
Commentary • 08.28.2017
The Day I Found Out About My Dad's Parole
The teenage son of an incarcerated man braces for news that could bring his father home.
Life Inside • 07.06.2017
At Least 61,000 Nationwide Are in Prison for Minor Parole Violations
But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.
News • 04.23.2017
Running Out of Time?
An inmate with cancer wonders if her parole will come soon enough.
Life Inside • 03.02.2017
The Punishing Price of Freedom
Alabama never forgave Phillip Chance for running away.
Case in Point • 01.09.2017
A Parole Hearing in New York, With a Governor’s Blessing This Time
A ‘60s radical faces very different political atmosphere than her co-defendant did a decade ago.
News • 01.05.2017
It’s Not Just Pot and the Death Penalty
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
Crime on the Ballot • 10.17.2016
When Parole Boards Trump the Supreme Court
The high court has said most kids shouldn't be sentenced to life without parole, but some prisoners' fate are in the hands of politics.
News • 05.19.2016
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
Were These Transgender Prisoners Paroled — Or Just Kicked Out?
Three prisons were ordered to provide transgender health care. Three prisoners were suddenly set free.
News • 10.08.2015
Life Without Parole
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Feature • 07.10.2015
Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Parole
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
News • 07.10.2015
How to Investigate Parole Release Rates in Your State
Help us localize our national story on parole.
Investigate Your State • 07.10.2015
You Can’t Go Home Again
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
Justice Lab • 06.04.2015
Making Overseers into Advocates
A social worker’s take on the misery of probation.
Commentary • 02.18.2015
‘I Spend Just as Much Time Protecting Felons from Society.’
A New York parole officer on GPS monitoring, the biggest challenges facing former inmates, and whether parole makes a difference.
Asked and Answered • 01.22.2015
Photographer Zora Murff reveals what it’s like to be a kid in the system.
The Frame • 12.08.2014