Marshall Project Originals
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.
For Those Serving Long Sentences, Politics is a Lifeline
Respondents who’ve spent decades behind bars were more politically engaged than their peers, but they’re also the most cynical.
How We Pulled Off A Groundbreaking Political Survey Behind Bars
More than 8,000 incarcerated people responded.
He Was 17 When He Went To Prison. How Much Should That Matter To The Parole Board?
If William Palmer wins in court, thousands could get closer to exiting California prisons.
1,000 Days of Opening Statement
The Marshall Project’s Andrew Cohen on how he curates our popular morning newsletter and what’s changed in criminal justice news since it began four years ago.
Voters Want Criminal Justice Reform. Are Politicians Listening?
Midterms show wide support across party lines for changing the system.
Van Jones Answers His Critics
The CNN host defends his involvement with a controversial prison reform bill and the Trump White House.
Why Are Joe Biden and the NRA Endorsing State Judges?
Wisconsin shows off the new normal in judicial elections: political, expensive and often about something else.
The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant
The link between immigration and crime exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else.
What the Doug Jones Election Means for Criminal Justice Reform
The Alabama Democrat represents the flip-side of his predecessor.
We are Witnesses
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders.
How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor
By reframing the issue around the evils of big government, Republicans are notching victories that have eluded more liberal legislatures.
Can This Marriage Be Saved?
Left and right came together on criminal justice reform. Then Trump happened.
Congressman Calls for Probe into Private Prisoner Transport
Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, keeps up pressure on the House.
The Fine Print in New York’s Raise the Age Law
Thousands of juveniles could still head right to adult court.
Everything You Think You Know About Mass Incarceration Is Wrong
Or at least misleading, says this contrarian scholar. Here’s why it matters.
Dear President Trump: Here’s How to get Right on Crime, Part 3
Listen to Pence, Carson, Priebus, Kushner — and look out your window.
Dear President Trump: Here’s How to get Right on Crime, Part 2
End overcriminalization, reward success, pay attention to the heroin crisis.
Dear President Trump: Here’s How to get Right on Crime, Part 1
Focus on intent, tailor the punishment to the crime, prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.
Some of Our Best Work in 2016
In-depth investigations, insightful features and one story to give us hope.
Why Congress May Bring Criminal Justice Reform Back to Life
Four reasons a bipartisan bill has a better chance than you think
These Prosecutors Campaigned for Less Jail Time — And Won
Reform-minded candidates unseat incumbents in some races.
New Strategy for Justice Reform: Vote Out the DA
A battle in Tampa reflects a shift across the country.
Ferguson Still Haunts Missouri — And Not The Way You Might Think
The city’s unrest emerges as a wedge issue in the governor’s race.
Criminal Justice Reform: An Obituary
Obama and Newt Gingrich. Koch Industries and the ACLU. With friends like that, how could it lose?
The Criminal Justice Reform That Could Actually Reach Obama’s Desk
In a year of inaction, a bill that changes the way we treat juveniles makes some headway.
Trump Denounces Chicago on Gun Violence, But Is He Leaving Something Out?
A lot of those guns come from neighboring Indiana, the state his running mate leads.
Two Parties, Two Platforms on Criminal Justice
The Republicans nod to reforms, then take a sharp right turn.
Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice
While the feds fiddle, some locals are innovating.
Some of Our Best Work of the Past Year
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
Should Hard-line Prosecutors Be Nervous?
After voters oust two prosecutors for failing to hold police accountable, maybe.
Seven Things to Know About Repeat Offenders
A new report looks at recidivism among inmates released from federal prisons.
“Ghettoside” Author Jill Leovy on What We Have Learned Since Rodney King
Not nearly enough, she says
Justice Reform, RIP?
The vaunted bipartisan drive to enact federal criminal justice reform is not quite dead. But its pulse is faint.
Six States Where Felons Can’t Get Food Stamps
Few holdouts remain, as drug-war-era bans on benefits are lifted.
There Are Practically No Juveniles in Federal Prison — Here’s Why
Obama takes bold action, but for a population of fewer than 30
Republican Candidates on Criminal Justice: A Primer
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
Why Did It Take the Feds So Long to Probe Chicago Cops?
The Laquan McDonald killing was preceded by years of documented violence.
What You Need to Know About the New Federal Prisoner Release
Five reasons it is (and is not) a big deal.
Exclusive: Obama Calls the Death Penalty “Deeply Troubling.”
A one-on-one interview with the president.
Ask Bernie Sanders About Criminal Justice, He’ll Talk About Economics
Sidestepping the issue since his days as mayor of Burlington.
Crime, Fear, and the Republicans
Can the GOP interest in criminal justice reform survive Donald Trump?
Obama’s Final 500 Days
People from across the political spectrum suggest criminal justice reforms the president should enact during his remaining time in office.
‘Justice and Redemption Go Hand in Hand.’
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Life Without Parole
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Parole
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
How Nebraska Repealed the Death Penalty
A deep-red state shows the way, with conservatives in the lead.
Shorter Sentences, Shrinking Prisons
A new report could have a big impact on New York’s prison population — if anyone pays attention.
The Attica Turkey Shoot
Malcolm Bell, former special state prosecutor and whistleblower, on getting away with murder.
Willie Horton Revisited
We talk to the man who became our national nightmare. Thirty years later, does he still matter?
A New Conservative Approach to Justice: Serve the Poor
With jails filling up, right to counsel gains favor.
A (More or Less) Definitive Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Record on Law and Order
She was for reform before she was against it before she was for it.
The Missed Opportunity of Robert Woodson
One conservative black activist’s campaign for community crime control.
Another Death Penalty Moratorium
As Pennsylvania hits pause on capital punishment, the script sounds familiar.
Yes, Mr. President, Incarceration Rates have Dropped ...
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.