Marshall Project Originals
What’s the Meaning of “Life” When Sentencing Kids?
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
How Did They Run an Elaborate “Sextortion” Scam From Prison? Cellphones.
Victim’s family pushes for a high-tech crackdown—but it may not work.
Can Better Data Fix Florida’s Prisons?
A landmark law lets the state track people through the justice system. But that’s tougher than it sounds.
In Court, Where Are Siri and Alexa?
When it comes to setting the record straight, court reporting technology is still not up to speed.
Driverless Cars Are Coming. What Does That Mean for Policing?
An end to traffic stops and hot pursuit. Arrest by drones. And new tricks for terrorists.
The Tricky Business of Measuring Crime and Punishment
Pew researchers release a new prison scorecard, but it ain’t perfect.
Our Prisons in Black and White
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
Politicians Still Say Longer Prison Sentences Prevent Gun Violence — But Do They?
What we know about “gun enhancements.”
You Can’t Go Home Again
Surprising new research suggests parolees who go somewhere new are less likely to offend again.
Experts say that people admit to crimes they didn’t commit. Why did only one juror in the Etan Patz murder case believe them?
Too Old to Commit Crime?
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
Where the Shots are Fired
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.
Yes, Mr. President, Incarceration Rates have Dropped ...
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.
When Rape Allegations Are in Doubt
What research tells us in the wake of the Rolling Stone controversy.
10 (Not Entirely Crazy) Theories Explaining the Great Crime Decline
From aging to gentrification to Prozac.