Marshall Project Originals
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
When Less is More
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
How to Fight Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons? Sue the Courts.
Alec Karakatsanis’s quest to stop courts from punishing poor people who can’t pay their fees.
Debtors’ Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ
Congress outlawed them. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Yet they live on.