Marshall Project Originals
When You’re 16 and It’s Your First Time in Solitary
“I felt like I aged 10 years just by doing 20 days in there.”
The Check is in The Mail (For Real)
A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration.
When Your 18th Birthday Gift Is a Transfer to Adult Prison
A “baby-faced kid” comes of age while incarcerated.
California Ends Practice of Billing Parents for Kids in Detention
The change comes months after a Marshall Project investigation.
Going Back to Prison Never Gets Easy
A Yale Law School graduate speaks to young incarcerated people and faces his own past.
Ending Solitary for Juveniles: A Goal Grows Closer
Recent rulings in a half-dozen states signal new momentum.
The Fine Print in New York’s Raise the Age Law
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
Philadelphia Will Stop Billing Parents When Their Children Are Incarcerated
The announcement comes just hours after we highlighted the practice.
Your Kid Goes to Jail, You Get the Bill
For 40 years, many parents have had to pay for their children's incarceration, but that may be changing.
What We Can Learn from the Amazing Drop in Juvenile Incarceration
Lesson One: Don’t make policies when emotions are running high.
There Are Practically No Juveniles in Federal Prison — Here’s Why
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
Why We Need to Shut Down Juvie
“In my five years running the Washington system, I never saw one white youth in my correctional facility.”
Our Prisons in Black and White
The race gap for adults is shrinking. Why is it widening for juveniles?
When School Feels Like Jail
Isolation rooms and paddling: What some schools in the South are doing to keep students in line.
‘Sometimes the Camera is More Powerful than the Courtroom’
Criminal justice through the lens of Joe Rodriguez.
New Jersey Moves to Keep Kids Under 15 From Adult Court
Age restriction would be toughest in the nation.
From Solitary to the Street
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?