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Commentary January 17, 2017
Focus on intent, tailor the punishment to the crime, prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.
News February 26, 2018
A federal judge considers $1 million in fines for one state’s “pervasive and intractable failures.”
Analysis July 13, 2016
Tip No. 1: Don’t talk back to a cop (and a lot of them will be there).
Feature December 22, 2014
The very sleep-deprived life of a corrections officer.
Q&A July 23, 2015
Rule Number 1: Comply now, contest later.
Justice Talk May 30, 2016
We’re talking all about mental illness and justice during our next Justice Talk with Digg, on Wednesday, June 1. For context, browse our guide to key reading on the issue.
Life Inside July 7, 2015
The ongoing fight for more, and better, prison food.
Feature September 24, 2019
How the United States created the largest immigrant detention system in the world.
News May 14, 2015
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
News October 26, 2015
Inside Utah’s troubled indigent defense system.
Commentary February 5, 2018
“What name for this thing we’ve become? For stigma, close as kin?”
Series September 11, 2019
About 2.2 million people are behind bars in the United States, but the criminal justice system affects millions of others. In We Are Witnesses, our award-winning short film series, we hear their stories.
Quiz June 30, 2016
Forty years ago, we restored capital punishment.
Feature July 23, 2018
How Donald Trump’s war on immigrants is playing out in his hometown.
Graphics December 23, 2014
More states have passed solitary confinement reforms this year than in the past 16 years.
Series August 28, 2018
A collection of stories about criminal justice in Chicago
News August 4, 2015
A new report and a growing phenomenon.
News January 16, 2015
The Feds acquire a confusing asset: bitcoins.
News February 9, 2016
Target of legislation is sex-traffickers; critics call it a ‘scarlet letter.’
News August 7, 2015
How a Tennessee judge ensured that an accused cop-killer would not go free.
News December 17, 2015
A Marshall Project reading list.
Analysis October 14, 2016
The other quirk in the state’s death penalty system.
News January 27, 2016
Three inmates had a 16-hour head start after fleeing lock-up that had ‘poor supervision.'
Feature September 8, 2015
Why people are using sites like Yelp to vent and offer tips about prison and jail.
Feature October 24, 2019
The state’s attorney promised to transform the office. Data shows she’s dismissed thousands of felonies that would have been pursued in the past.
News June 22, 2018
The administration is no longer separating them. Now more parents and children will be held at places like this.
Life Inside February 25, 2016
When the people in charge are homophobic.
Life Inside April 28, 2016
“Sometimes I won’t hear from my family in years.”
News November 26, 2014
What to read in the aftermath.
News January 25, 2016
The Montgomery ruling says juveniles sentenced to life without parole must get a shot at a new sentence or parole.
News May 15, 2015
Like many states, the feds have trouble getting the killer drugs.
The Frame December 3, 2015
Minneapolis sit-in for Jamar Clark stretches through a third week.
Commentary January 19, 2017
Listen to Pence, Carson, Priebus, Kushner — and look out your window.
Commentary January 18, 2017
End overcriminalization, reward success, pay attention to the heroin crisis.
News April 28, 2015
A brief, aggregated history of the Baltimore police commissioner at the eye of the storm.
Commentary May 30, 2017
It’s a building full of prosecutors.
Commentary November 7, 2018
With the passage of Amendment 4, more than a million people intimately affected by the criminal justice system have become more empowered to shape it.
News and Awards September 20, 2016
A video exploration of our criminal justice system.
Justice Lab December 5, 2014
What research tells us in the wake of the Rolling Stone controversy.
Commentary August 12, 2016
A scathing report calls for “better oversight.” That’s not enough.
Q&A November 17, 2014
An interview with the outgoing attorney general.
Feature June 3, 2015
An immigration trend changes the face of corrections.
Feature October 26, 2017
The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders.
News January 17, 2018
Here are nine ways the law-and-order president has smashed Obama’s legacy.
Feature December 21, 2017
Inside the booming market for food in pouches, clear electronics, pocket-less clothing and other corrections-approved goods.
News June 5, 2015
In Mississippi prisons last year, half the officers quit.
The California Experiment April 23, 2019
Effort to cut prison overcrowding puts some jails in crisis.
Case in Point October 24, 2016
Ex-prisoners challenge a law that lets local bureaucrats judge “moral turpitude.”
Q&A December 1, 2014
A couple of Harvard guys aim to find out.
News November 19, 2015
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
News February 11, 2015
Not in Congress. But what do all those anti-trafficking bills actually do?
Graphics February 12, 2015
Reading between the line items of Department of Justice budgets, past and present.
News October 25, 2016
An inmate’s novel is the latest test.
What You're Saying August 10, 2015
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
News June 3, 2015
States are raising the age of who counts as an adult, but it’s no simple task.
News October 9, 2015
A profile of the 6,000.
Justice Talk February 21, 2016
Our first discussion will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, on how the police predict crime.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Analysis May 23, 2016
The Supreme Court considers what it takes to show that prosecutors, when they pick juries, are discriminating against minorities.
Feature June 24, 2015
How a proven tool may be anything but.
Life Inside April 14, 2016
Frequent urine tests, controversial scanners, and false positives.
Life Inside March 10, 2016
“If I could have done anything, it would have been to deadlock the jury, but I didn’t have the personal strength to do that.”
News March 11, 2015
Sex-offender laws are raising questions about the right to worship.
Life Inside June 30, 2016
“Drive whenever you go anywhere, get your financial house in order, finalize your will, take baths, and cry.”
News April 23, 2015
Baltimore’s chief on policing in black communities.
Life Inside October 20, 2016
“Being able to vote — that’s rare for people like me.”
Life Inside May 5, 2016
On living with, and sharing, that information for a lifetime.
News November 24, 2014
It's not over for Ferguson.
News July 25, 2016
A lot of those guns come from neighboring Indiana, the state his running mate leads.
Graphics December 5, 2014
Just pay shipping and handling.
News January 4, 2016
A law practice finds thousands whose sentences could be affected by Miller v. Alabama
News Inside March 28, 2019
The Marshall Project launches a print publication that will be distributed in prisons and jails.
News May 2, 2016
Some suspect “implicit bias” is not just a problem for police, prosecutors, and judges.
Analysis April 12, 2016
Only 4 states are currently carrying out lethal injections, and 10 are considering other methods.
Life Inside March 17, 2016
Tales of the “pale, white-haired, geezer in a wheelchair.”
News August 5, 2015
The evolving state of voting rights for prisoners.
News March 3, 2016
They’re harsh, dangerous and isolated — and may be around for a while.
Analysis September 26, 2016
Obama’s promise to focus on “felons not families” has fallen short
Life Inside December 8, 2016
Craving the madness.
News December 1, 2014
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
Feature February 1, 2018
A criminal justice matchup
News January 5, 2016
Perhaps because he’s been here before.
Feature December 16, 2015
An 18-year-old said she was attacked at knifepoint. Then she said she made it up. That’s where our story begins.
News March 24, 2015
It’s Florida, hands down.
News April 6, 2015
Why police are better paid than most workers.
Justice Lab November 20, 2014
New Orleans is not the only city where police don't get it.
News February 10, 2015
Now that police are always on, who gets to watch?
Justice Lab May 24, 2018
When your appliances work as police informants.
Justice Lab December 15, 2017
Why are black imprisonment rates going down? Four theories.
News August 25, 2016
A new book brings attention to the deadly 1971 prison uprising. Reporters for The New York Times and The Marshall Project describe what has changed since then, and what hasn’t.
Feature December 7, 2016
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
News June 9
Past budget cuts have had unintended consequences. Now, proponents say it’s time to fundamentally reimagine the role of the police.
Commentary February 13, 2015
A prosecutor considers one his office got wrong.
Looking Back November 20, 2014
The case he didn’t expect to lose. And why it mattered that he did.
Life Inside June 9, 2016
And it made me a different person.
News December 16, 2014
A brief modern history of racially motivated murder.
Justice Lab January 26, 2015
Does tear gas belong in schools? Do police?