Marshall Project Originals
Students Behind Bars Regain Access to College Financial Aid
Restored Pell Grant eligibility means about 760,000 people in prisons could eventually afford higher education.
Biden Has Disappointed Many Prisoners and Guards. Now He Has a Chance to Do More.
A year after taking office, President Biden has yet to make good on key prison reform promises he made on the campaign trail.
More Women Are Behind Bars Now. One Prison Wants to Change That.
Connecticut’s WORTH program uses therapy, classes and mentoring to try to keep women from coming back.
License to Clip
A movement to let the formerly incarcerated cut hair and drive taxis is gaining ground.
I Followed My Mom to Prison and to a Degree
“This is the path my life had to take so I could be strong.”
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Obama revived Pell grants for prisoners, but the program faces a cloudy future.
How a Police Detective Helps Inmates Prepare to Live on the Outside
A new documentary spotlights a program that reclaims lives through writing.
The Tricky Business of Measuring Crime and Punishment
Pew researchers release a new prison scorecard, but it ain’t perfect.
Seven Things to Know About Repeat Offenders
A new report looks at recidivism among inmates released from federal prisons.
From Solitary to the Street
What happens when prisoners go from complete isolation to complete freedom in a day?