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Don’t ‘Punish Them More.’ Effort Grows to Ease Job Barriers After Prison Release
Nearly 2,000 formerly incarcerated people return to Cleveland each year with few job prospects. Some lawmakers want to change that.
A Judge, a Kiss, and $450,000-plus in Court Work
An Ohio divorce court judge is barred from a case, pending a conflict hearing.
In an Effort to Diversify, Cleveland Police Look to HBCUs
Amid scrutiny over Cleveland police hiring practices, the department has been scouting Historically Black Colleges and Universities to help fix its image. Not everyone is on board.
Some of Our Best Work of 2022
From coverage of prison violence and abuses in a juvenile lockup to investigations by our new Cleveland team, our reporters told stories that made a difference.
Ohio Lawmaker Wants Law Requiring Police to Record Race During Traffic Stops
The Cleveland Democrat says “the only way we can make systemic change is with the data.”
How We Analyzed Cases of People Cycling In and Out of Cleveland’s Courts
The Marshall Project examined tens of thousands of criminal cases in Cuyahoga County.
Five Things to Know About Cleveland Courts’ Revolving Door
In most cases, people who repeatedly appear before the courts are not committing violent crimes.
Who’s Really Cycling In and Out of Cleveland’s Courts?
Often miscast as violent criminals, most repeat defendants commit nonviolent crimes borne out of untreated addiction and mental illness, a Marshall Project analysis shows.
Cleveland Has Spent Millions on Police Cameras. Why Are the Locations a Secret?
The city cites citizen safety as a reason for shielding information, but has no policies on use of surveillance technology.
Cleveland Police Hiring Practices Are ‘Alarming’ and ‘Disturbing,’ Feds Say
City leaders want oversight to end, but federal monitor says police are not compliant in “significant and critical areas.”
Local Mission Includes Connecting with Incarcerated Community to Raise ‘Awareness’
Louis Fields, outreach manager for The Marshall Project-Cleveland, is leading efforts to connect with incarcerated community, including recently released and active family members.
Federal Oversight of Police Has Cost Cleveland Millions. What’s Changed?
Consent decrees force cities to change abusive police tactics. But Cleveland still has work to do.
“It’s Crushing”: The Lasting Trauma of the Exonerated
Proving your innocence is only part of the battle to put your life back together.
The Marshall Project Announces Cleveland Local News Team
A roster of award-winning journalists will produce investigative, data and engagement journalism to serve the people of Cuyahoga County, including those affected by its criminal justice system.
We’re Answering Your Questions About Cleveland’s Court System
We’re answering questions from the community about Cuyahoga County’s criminal courts, and sharing what we have gathered from the public docket of felony cases.
How We Reported on Voting and Criminal Courts in Cuyahoga County
The Marshall Project spent months analyzing court records and voting patterns to understand who chooses county judges and who experiences the consequences.
Judges Have Real Power in Cleveland. Who’s Voting for Them?
Our guide explains who votes, who doesn’t — and why.
We Asked People in Cleveland What They Want to Know About Judges
They want to know about judges’ track records, legal experience and how they think about rehabilitation vs. prison time.
Who’s Electing Judges in the Cleveland Area? Not Those Ensnared in the System
In Cuyahoga County, voting patterns have resulted in mostly White judges deciding the fate of mostly Black criminal defendants.
Ebony Reed Joins The Marshall Project as Chief Strategy Officer
New role will help drive expansion of local and regional news teams
Six Years After Tamir Rice, Cleveland Makes New Rules About Policing Kids
Critics say a new policy for police encounters with children doesn’t go far enough.
As More Federal Agents Enter American Cities, Local Leaders Can’t Keep Them In Line
Critics say mayors should be wary as the Justice Department expands law-enforcement task forces.
Can the Troubled Cleveland Police Handle a Volatile Republican Convention?
Operating under federal oversight, officers will be scrutinized for how they use force.
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