Marshall Project Originals
Outside Groups Set Spending Record in Judicial Races
More than $19 million spent on campaigns for top court seats in 27 states.
The States Where Voters Decided to Give Criminal Justice Reform a Try
From early release to bail reform, reform efforts gain some ground.
The Death Penalty is Alive and Well
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Which Sinners Get to Vote in Alabama?
Ex-prisoners challenge a law that lets local bureaucrats judge “moral turpitude.”
Death by Another Name
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
A Former Prisoner on Voting for the First Time in His Life
“Being able to vote — that’s rare for people like me.”
Three States to Watch if You Care About the Death Penalty
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
New Strategy for Justice Reform: Vote Out the DA
A battle in Tampa reflects a shift across the country.
It’s Not Just Pot and the Death Penalty
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
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.
Rhetoric and Reality at the RNC
Does America need to be made safe again? We fact-checked a handful of last night’s claims.
Two Parties, Two Platforms on Criminal Justice
The Republicans nod to reforms, then take a sharp right turn.
Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
Where the Democratic Presidential Candidates Stand on Criminal Justice
A look at Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley in their fourth debate.
Republican Candidates on Criminal Justice: A Primer
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
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?