Marshall Project Originals
I Wonder If They Know My Son Is Loved
Visiting my son in jail for the first time, I know that I cannot protect him. Although he is too young to drink, the criminal justice system regards him as an adult.
Can’t Make Bail, Sit in Jail Even Longer Thanks to Coronavirus
With grand juries suspended, people who get arrested lose a route out.
Dallas County’s Secret Bail Machine
A lawsuit is challenging private hearings that take just seconds.
So Much for The Great California Bail Celebration
The first state to abolish cash bail. Why are proponents so unhappy?
Senators Take Aim at Bail Industry Backers
Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown, both Democrats, want answers from the insurance industry.
How We Reported Our Mississippi Bond Story: A Guide to Our Methodology
A unique database offered an unprecedented look at the lucrative business.
Bad Bail Practices and Immigration Policy Led To My Client’s Death At Rikers
Selmin Feratovic might be alive today if not for our deeply broken system.
I Set a Defendant Free And Got Blamed When He Raped Someone
A judge explains how he decides whether to release a defendant before trial without bail — and how it can go bad.
I’m a Bail Bondsman Who’s Tired of Being Demonized
A small business owner fights back against changes in the bail industry.
When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
A Professional Bounty Hunter Who Likes the Bail System Just the Way It Is
A star of reality TV, Beth Chapman takes on those who say money bail is unfair.
Need Cash to Hire a Lawyer? Try Crowdfunding
When raising money the old-fashioned way just won’t do.
The Man Held on $9,999,999 Bail
How a Tennessee judge ensured that an accused cop-killer would not go free.
Bounty Hunters, Bondsmen, and the People Who Owe Them
Photographer Clara Vannucci captures the chase.