Marshall Project Originals
Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars
“The Writing on the Wall” art installation lets incarcerated people speak for themselves.
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.
How This Prison Collaborated on a Larger-Than-Life Work of Art
French artist JR worked with California prisoners to create his latest installation.
Where Art and Rural Incarceration Meet
Artist Jesse Krimes’s latest work uses a corn maze and quilts to address increasing incarceration rates in small-town America.
Drawing from Memory: A Former Prisoner Creates Art from Pain and Loss
Vincent Nardone’s work is on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut.
Working Their Way Home from Prison
Brian L. Frank photographs young men in a California prison camp and on their journeys to freedom.
When You’re the Only Cop in Town
A photographer follows three lone officers who deal with drugs, domestic violence and wayward bears in their communities.
The Prison Portraits
A Pennsylvania artist draws hundreds of fellow inmates to show the scale of mass incarceration.
Documenting the Hard Truths of Prison and Policing
At Tribeca Film Festival, new documentaries give voice to the incarcerated and communities struggling with crime.
Policing a City in Crisis
In ‘Flint Town’, a new documentary series on Netflix, cops wrestle with broken bonds with their community.
Bridge to Nowhere
Photographer Kirsten Luce captures the challenges facing migrants who arrive at a U.S. border crossing in Laredo, Texas.
Intense and Raw, a Spotlight on Therapy at New Folsom Prison
In a new documentary, ‘The Work,’ inmates confront their fears in a quest for empathy.
The California Inmates Fighting The Wine Country Wildfires
Photographer Brian L. Frank captures the lives of men on the fire lines and at home in prison conservation camps.
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.
Surviving Foster Care: 2 Brothers, 2 Different Paths
A stint in juvenile detention excluded one from the financial support that automatically went to the other.
A Peek at the Golden Age of Prison Radio
A new book explores a time when Texas prisons promoted rehabilitation through a wildly successful radio show.
What It’s Like to Perform Shakespeare in Prison
An encounter with the Bard transforms a troupe of inmate actors.
The Radio Show That Reunited Inmates and Families
“Shout outs” on the air led to van rides to the supermax.
Rarely Seen Images of the Real San Quentin
Thousands of photos, unearthed after decades, form an archive of daily life.
Watch Alvin Ailey Dancers Rehearse a Piece About Being Locked Up
A choreographer explores separation and alienation in our prison system.
Black Lives Matter Protesters are “Tired,” “Hopeful,” “Ready”
Minneapolis sit-in for Jamar Clark stretches through a third week.
‘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.
Bounty Hunters, Bondsmen, and the People Who Owe Them
Photographer Clara Vannucci captures the chase.
Welcome to Miracle Village
Photographer Sofia Valiente captures the lives of a community of sex offenders.
The Writing on the Walls
Photographer Mark Perrott examines the graffiti, and the lives, of the prisoners of E Block.
A portrait series captures the toll of long prison sentences on the people who serve them.