Marshall Project Originals
Seven Years Behind Bars for Two Joints — And Now He’s Free
Bernard Noble, whose case became a symbol of harsh drug laws, walks out of a Louisiana prison.
Convicted of a Drug Crime, Registered with Sex Offenders
In Kansas, even many minor drug offenders must appear on the state’s public registry. A new bill would change that.
How Do You Clear a Pot Conviction From Your Record?
It depends on where you live. (Californians, you’re in luck.)
How to Count the Hidden Prisoners
A new study examines the lingering impact of war-on-crime policies.
Why Trump’s Wall Won’t Keep Out Heroin
It’s the easiest drug to traffic in small batches, and it is very lucrative.
Everything You Think You Know About Mass Incarceration Is Wrong
Or at least misleading, says this contrarian scholar. Here’s why it matters.
The War on Drugs Isn't Even Working in Prison
Frequent urine tests, controversial scanners, and false positives.
Bill Clinton, “Black Lives” and the Myths of the 1994 Crime Bill
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
A Prosecutor’s Regret: How I Got Someone Life in Prison for Drugs
“At the end of my life, I’d like to know that I wasn’t responsible for Lewis Clay spending his final days in prison.”
‘Justice and Redemption Go Hand in Hand.’
A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.
Jolly Ranchers, Sage and Breath Mints
A closer look at a favorite (and unreliable) law-enforcement tool: drug field tests.
The Missed Opportunity of Robert Woodson
One conservative black activist’s campaign for community crime control.
Yes, Mr. President, Incarceration Rates have Dropped ...
… But just a tiny bit, and it took a long time.