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
How We Reported on Rising Gun Possession Arrests
The Marshall Project used arrest data in Chicago and other cities to understand who was arrested for gun possession and how the number of arrests changed over time.
Analysis • 05.03.2023
How Chicago Got Its Gun Laws
It’s nearly impossible to separate modern-day gun laws from race.
Feature • 03.24.2023
The War on Gun Violence Has Failed. And Black Men Are Paying the Price.
In Chicago and elsewhere, gun possession arrests are rising as shootings go unsolved.
Feature • 03.23.2023
Aggressive Policing in Memphis Goes Far Beyond the Scorpion Unit
Data shows Memphis police arrested more people – mostly Black men – than other Tennessee cities.
Feature • 03.14.2023
How Police Traffic Stops May Change After Tyre Nichols’ Death
Several cities and states are reconsidering the practice, which can be one of the most dangerous interactions with police.
Closing Argument • 02.11.2023
We Spent a Year Following a Troubled Police Force. Listen to the Entire Podcast Series
“Changing the Police,” a podcast from The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded, examines what one community wants from its cops.
Feature • 07.14.2022
She Was Having a Seizure. Police Shocked Her With a Taser.
How an Alabama teen sought justice after a violent police encounter upended her life.
Feature • 12.02.2021
“Y’all Going to Kill Me?” Years Apart, Mother and Son Die in Police Restraints
Officers continue to use hogtying and other dangerous restraints despite warnings.
Feature • 11.30.2021
Police Killed My Dad When I Was 8. Next Came the Rage
After cops beat my father to death, I wreaked havoc on my community.Three decades later, I wonder what my story would have been if he had lived.
Life Inside • 09.23.2021
Violent Encounters With Police Send Thousands of People to the ER Every Year
That's probably an undercount. But data from San Jose offers a glimpse of what the national scale of police violence might be.
Feature • 06.23.2021
‘A Dog Can Be Trained To Be Anti-Black’
A new film highlights historical use of canines against Black people
Feature • 06.23.2021
“He Died Like an Animal”: Some Police Departments Hogtie People Despite Knowing The Risks
The U.S. Department of Justice in 1995 warned that people may die when police tie handcuffed wrists to bound ankles.
Feature • 05.24.2021
The City Where Police Unleash Dogs On Black Teens
In Baton Rouge, police dogs bit a teenager 17 or younger every three weeks, on average.
Feature • 02.12.2021
We Investigated How Police Use Dogs as Weapons. Here’s How You Can Do It Too.
Our top tips for journalists from the partnership that produced “Mauled.”
News • 12.23.2020
Police Use Painful Dog Bites To Make People Obey
Police are allowed to use “pain compliance.” But experts say dog bites are too unpredictable and severe.
Feature • 12.14.2020
We’re Tracking Police Dog Bites Across the Country
Police dogs bite thousands of Americans each year, including innocent bystanders, children, police officers, even their own handlers. The Marshall Project—in collaboration with AL.com, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute—examined more than 150 serious cases nationwide.
Feature • 11.17.2020
Police Wanted “A Dog That Would Bite A Black Person”
The terrifying reign of a small town’s police dog.
Feature • 10.29.2020
Mauled: When Police Dogs Are Weapons
A series on the damage police dogs inflict on Americans, published in collaboration with AL.com, IndyStar and the Invisible Institute.
Feature • 10.15.2020
She Went Out For A Walk. Then Drogo The Police Dog Charged.
Growing up, few Black families in Ayanna Brooks’s neighborhood had dogs. A vicious attack reminded her why.
Feature • 10.15.2020
When Police Violence Is a Dog Bite
An Alabama man killed by a K-9 officer was one of thousands of Americans bitten by police dogs every year. Few ever get justice.
Feature • 10.02.2020
We Spent A Year Investigating Police Dogs. Here Are Six Takeaways.
Reporting by The Marshall Project and our media partners exposes the damage police dogs inflict across the U.S.
News • 10.02.2020
This City Stopped Sending Police to Every 911 Call
Riding along with the civilian “crisis responders” of Olympia, Washington.
Feature • 07.24.2020
Your Zoom Interrogation Is About To Start
COVID-19 is changing how police question suspects and witnesses—for the better, some argue.
Coronavirus • 07.20.2020
These Political Candidates Are Embracing Their Criminal Records
A group of 2020 hopefuls say their first-hand experience with the justice system makes them best suited to fix it.
Feature • 06.23.2020
A Major Obstacle to Police Reform: The Whiteness of Their Union Bosses
Even in the 15 largest departments where the majority of officers are people of color, only one union leader is black, our analysis shows.
Analysis • 06.10.2020
Support For Defunding The Police Department Is Growing. Here’s Why It’s Not A Silver Bullet.
Past budget cuts have had unintended consequences. Now, proponents say it’s time to fundamentally reimagine the role of the police.
News • 06.09.2020
The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag
The controversial version of the U.S. flag has been hailed as a sign of police solidarity and criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
News • 06.08.2020
Masks On, Fists Up: Scenes from New York City’s Protests Against Police Violence
Some of the city’s most famous streets, emptied by the pandemic, fill with demonstrators and police in riot gear.
The Frame • 06.03.2020
Why So Many Police Are Handling the Protests Wrong
Disproportionate use of force can turn a peaceful protest violent, research shows.
News • 06.01.2020
I’m 31. I’m a Lawyer. And I’m Still Getting Stopped by the Police.
“Despite everything I have accomplished, this is still happening to me.”
Life Inside • 07.11.2019
D’Angelo Burgess Fled From Police. Does That Make Him a Killer?
An Oklahoma case raises issues about both felony murder charges and high-speed police pursuits.
Case in Point • 05.30.2019
Why Police Should Embrace Communities—Not Shut Them Out
A former police chief on why the job should be more than “runnin’ and gunnin’.”
Commentary • 10.30.2018
Chicago Cop Jason Van Dyke's Record Was a Warning Sign
Can the conviction of Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke finally force policing into the 21st century?
Commentary • 10.28.2018
Police Recruiters Have a Few Questions
Have you ever run away from home? What’s your most unusual sex act?
News • 10.25.2018
When Trying to Help Gets You Fired
For some cops, offering a hand could mean losing your job.
Feature • 09.17.2018
Subway Policing in New York City Still Has A Race Problem
As the NYPD slows arrests for fare evasion, neighborhoods of color remain a target.
Analysis • 09.12.2018
The Real BlacKkKlansman - And Other KKK Infiltrators
Spike Lee’s Hero is Not the First Black Person to Breach the Klan — Or the Most Effective.
Commentary • 08.09.2018
Corey Williams About to Walk Free in Louisiana
A sudden plea deal ends a decades-long fight in a capital murder case.
News • 05.21.2018
The City Trying ‘Trauma Training’ for Citizens — and Cops
Newark tries to restore trust with a novel program.
News • 05.01.2018
Fear of a Black Patron
In retail, fear of black criminality regularly shows up in policies and practices across stores and sectors.
Commentary • 04.23.2018
Taking Police Reform to Trump Country
Meet Sheriff Michael Chitwood, a Yankee cop in good-ol’-boy territory.
Feature • 01.23.2018
After Creating Danger, Can Cops Use Force with Impunity?
A recent Supreme Court decision left open that possibility. That’s bad for the public, and for police.
Commentary • 06.15.2017
The Most Dangerous Neighborhood, the Most Inexperienced Cops
In Chicago and elsewhere, rookies are cannon fodder while vets police the safer neighborhoods.
News • 09.20.2016
Protesting at the Republican Convention? Here’s How to Stay Out of Jail
Tip No. 1: Don’t talk back to a cop (and a lot of them will be there).
Analysis • 07.13.2016
I’m a Cop Who Went Viral for Not Killing a Man
A play-by-play of a police-involved shooting in Ohio.
Life Inside • 06.16.2016
What You Need To Know About Predictive Policing
Key background reading before our discussion on predictive policing on Wednesday, February 24th.
Justice Talk • 02.22.2016
Policing After Scalia
He thought the Fourth Amendment protected property, not people.
Commentary • 02.17.2016
Policing the Future
In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, St. Louis cops embrace crime-predicting software.
Feature • 02.03.2016
Philly's Retiring Police Commissioner on Facing Corruption and What People Get Wrong about Police Shootings
“There are two things cops don’t like – the way things are, and change.”
Q&A • 01.06.2016
Digg Dialog Recap: How Not To Handle A Rape Investigation
Missed the discussion? Here are the highlights.
Commentary • 12.18.2015
America’s Rock Star Cops
Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.
Feature • 10.16.2015
The Possibly Coerced Confession at the Heart of the Bite Mark Case
Re-assessing a videotaped interrogation.
News • 06.08.2015
Where the Shots are Fired
A new study points to a strategy for reducing police shootings in towns like Ferguson.
Justice Lab • 03.12.2015