Marshall Project Originals
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.
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.
Money Changed Everything for Me in Prison
“I am not evidence that the system ‘works.’ I am an outlier, dripping in luck.”
Why I Quit My Prison Gang
“The whole experience, I realized, was like a strange mix between junior high school and the Roman Senate.”
Freaky Friday, Prison-Style
At a Kentucky prison, inmates and staff switch places during a “re-entry to society” role-playing game.
Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry
A young mother struggles with life on the sex offender registry.
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
In prison for 20 years, Michelle was chosen for Harvard's elite graduate history program. Then she was unchosen.
Hot Chicken, Fair Chance
At an Ohio eatery, patrons get Nashville-style hot chicken and the formerly-incarcerated get a fair shot at employment.
To Be Good Employees, the Formerly Incarcerated Must First Become Bosses
For the incarcerated, personal agency is a deciding factor in success after release.
Life After Life Without Parole
Ronald Elston spent more than 30 years in prison, with no preparation for what he would do if he got out.
How your ugly booking photos (and Tiger’s) became a commodity for cops, hustlers and journalists.
How a Police Detective Helps Inmates Prepare to Live on the Outside
A new documentary spotlights a program that reclaims lives through writing.
Seven Things to Know About Repeat Offenders
A new report looks at recidivism among inmates released from federal prisons.
6,000 People Are About to be Freed From Federal Custody — Here’s What They’ll Face
Six men who spent years behind bars offer advice.
‘So This Is What a Murderer Looks Like’
A defense lawyer’s photos of four women re-entering society.
‘Sometimes the Camera is More Powerful than the Courtroom’
Criminal justice through the lens of Joe Rodriguez.
From Solitary to the Street
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?
A Record of Trouble
California looks to halfway houses, finds a company cited for violence and escapes.
‘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.