What are records? Since 2014, The Marshall Project has been curating some of the best criminal justice reporting from around the web. In these records you will find the most recent and the most authoritative articles on the topics, people and events that are shaping the criminal justice conversation. The Marshall Project does not endorse the viewpoints or vouch for the accuracy of reports other than its own.
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Marshall Project Originals
Watch the Trailer for ‘Two Strikes’ and ‘Tutwiler’
The Marshall Project and Frontline’s short prison documentaries will air on PBS and can be streamed online.
News and Awards • 08.29.2023
‘Mass Supervision’: Out of Prison, But Not the System
Part Five of the “Violation” podcast follows Jacob Wideman on home arrest and examines conditions faced by millions on parole or probation in the U.S.
Violation • 04.19.2023
‘A Trap for the Unwary’: The Power and Paradox of Parole Boards
Part Three of the “Violation” podcast examines America’s opaque parole system and how Jacob Wideman prepared to argue for his release.
Violation • 04.05.2023
‘Bad Seed’: Two Generations, Two Terrible Crimes
Part Two of the “Violation” podcast explores whether violence runs in families and what should happen to kids who commit murder.
Violation • 03.29.2023
A Summer Camp Murder. Two Sons, Lost.
The premiere of “Violation,” a podcast from The Marshall Project and WBUR, examines the decades-long ripple effects of an inexplicable crime.
Violation • 03.22.2023
Introducing ‘Violation,’ a Podcast From The Marshall Project and WBUR
Violence. Power. Privilege. The series explores these themes through one case — and pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of parole boards.
Violation • 03.08.2023
The Mercy Workers
For three decades, a little-known group of “mitigation specialists” has helped save death-penalty defendants by documenting their childhood traumas. A rare look inside one case.
Feature • 03.02.2023
I Was Sentenced to Die in Prison. But After 27 Years, I’m Finally Free
When I went to jail in 1995, I had never used the internet. As I play catchup, the simplest things are everything.
Life Inside • 02.24.2023
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.
Analysis • 12.22.2022
He Got a Life Sentence When He Was 22 — For Robbery
Black men are most affected by Florida’s two-strikes law.
Feature • 11.11.2021
Two Strikes and You’re in Prison Forever
Why Florida leads the nation in people serving life without chance of parole.
Feature • 11.11.2021
Life Without Parole Is Replacing the Death Penalty — But the Legal Defense System Hasn’t Kept Up
Just ask a Dallas woman who spent a year in jail without talking to a lawyer.
Feature • 05.22.2021
Parole Is Better Than Prison. But That Doesn’t Mean I’m Free.
At age 17, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. I got out due to Supreme Court decisions, but there was one catch: Parole for the rest of my life.
Life Inside • 05.13.2021
Losing My Mom Was Hard Enough. Prison Made It Unbearable
Between scant information, limited phone time and insensitive staff, prison compounded a profound loss.
Life Inside • 03.25.2021
They Agreed to Meet Their Mother’s Killer. Then Tragedy Struck Again.
A Florida family opted for restorative justice over the death penalty for the man who murdered their mom. What happened next made them question the very meaning of justice.
Feature • 07.21.2020
“Juvenile Lifers” Were Meant to Get a Second Chance. COVID-19 Could Get Them First.
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.
Coronavirus • 06.03.2020
For Those Serving Long Sentences, Politics is a Lifeline
Respondents who’ve spent decades behind bars were more politically engaged than their peers, but they’re also the most cynical.
Election 2020 • 03.12.2020
What’s the Meaning of “Life” When Sentencing Kids?
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
Justice Lab • 01.30.2020
I Killed My Wife. Now I Want to Help Prevent Domestic Violence.
“If I could save one man from doing what I did, then I will have found a calling for my final years.”
Life Inside • 10.03.2019
Behind Bars for 66 Years
The story of North Carolina’s longest-serving inmate highlights the situation of people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system.
News • 05.23.2019
I’m on Death Row for Punching a Man
“After three decades, I now feel like I’m dying a slow death.”
Life Inside • 09.27.2018
Sentenced to Life in Prison — And a Job Making Furniture
Employee perks: None, really, unless you count the nail gun fights.
Life Inside • 09.07.2017
How Obama Disappointed on the Death Penalty
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
News • 01.18.2017
What It’s Like to Be Moved From Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison
An endless shuffle takes a toll.
Life Inside • 01.29.2016
‘So This Is What a Murderer Looks Like’
A defense lawyer’s photos of four women re-entering society.
The Frame • 09.11.2015
Life Without Parole
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Feature • 07.10.2015
Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Parole
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
News • 07.10.2015
How to Investigate Parole Release Rates in Your State
Help us localize our national story on parole.
Investigate Your State • 07.10.2015
Would You Rather …
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
News • 05.14.2015
Too Old to Commit Crime?
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
Justice Lab • 03.20.2015