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Feature July 10, 2020
An investigation reveals how Immigration and Customs Enforcement became a domestic and global spreader of COVID-19.
Coronavirus March 27, 2020
Despite coronavirus, crowding continues inside California’s system.
Coronavirus March 23, 2020
Colorado abolished capital punishment. But COVID-19 is pausing it everywhere else.
Coronavirus April 24, 2020
A new Marshall Project effort has collected data on the prevalence of COVID-19 among prisoners and prison staff. Here's what we know after one month of reporting.
Coronavirus March 21, 2020
Some sheriffs, prosecutors and defenders scramble to move people from local jails, potential petri dishes for infection.
Coronavirus March 19, 2020
Case confirmed at Elizabeth, N.J., facility currently holding almost 200 detainees.
Life Inside March 18, 2020
“I cannot help but linger on the faces of the elderly prisoners and think about how they are unlikely to survive this.”
Feature August 13, 2020
U.S. Marshals are transporting prisoners without testing them for coronavirus
Coronavirus April 7, 2020
Struggling with “that caged animal feeling” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus May 11, 2020
Coronavirus has made Texas prison food even more gross.
Coronavirus April 2, 2020
As COVID-19 fear grows among prisoners and guards, concerns rise about possible unrest.
Coronavirus May 13, 2020
Some sheriffs are buying ultraviolet light machines traditionally used by hospitals.
Coronavirus April 16, 2020
Some relatives can’t claim bodies or hold funerals amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Coronavirus March 6, 2020
Handwashing and sanitizers may make people on the outside safer. But in prison it can be impossible to follow public health advice.
Coronavirus April 1, 2020
During the COVID-19 crisis, people coming home after decades behind bars find loved ones in quarantine, dire job prospects and overwhelmed social services agencies.
Coronavirus April 7, 2020
“If there’s one thing people who spent a long time in prison have acquired, it’s the ability to adapt.”
Coronavirus April 3, 2020
Orders at Oakdale in Louisiana help explain COVID-19 spread.
Coronavirus November 22, 2020
In Chicago and elsewhere, the number of people wearing an ankle monitor has jumped in recent months due to the pandemic.
Coronavirus May 15, 2020
While their mental health deteriorates, some are stuck in jail as hospitals are decreasing admissions to prevent the spread of infections.
Coronavirus May 4, 2020
“I have a bad feeling about this,” says the former mayor of Palestine, Texas.
Coronavirus March 31, 2020
With about 200,000 people flowing into and out of jails every week, there are great risks not only for the detained, but also for jail workers and surrounding communities.
Coronavirus April 29
The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.
Coronavirus March 27, 2020
Early data suggests criminal incidents are down in several cities under stay-at-home orders.
Coronavirus April 10, 2020
Prisoners made furniture and license plates during the pandemic, according to workers and families. Some plants are now making face masks.
Coronavirus April 3, 2020
The case of Patrick Jones, the first federal prisoner to die from COVID-19, epitomizes national debates about criminal justice reform.
Coronavirus December 21, 2020
As COVID-19 infections soar, prisoners and corrections officers worry that transferring people between facilities is causing outbreaks.
Coronavirus March 24, 2020
New placements, family visits and child-abuse investigations falter across the country.
Life Inside April 10, 2020
“I know firsthand how the looming threat of COVID-19 is being absorbed by all of us behind the walls.”
Feature December 15, 2020
Filing taxes with an undocumented immigrant means the whole family loses out on payment.
Coronavirus April 8, 2020
Medically vulnerable immigrants in ICE detention sue for release before coronavirus arrives.
News January 25
We want to hear from incarcerated people about their attitudes towards the coronavirus vaccine.
Coronavirus April 16, 2020
Without ventilators, prisons lean on local hospitals to care for coronavirus victims.
Coronavirus May 15, 2020
A new lawsuit says crowded meals and dorms increase coronavirus risk.
Coronavirus April 15, 2020
The United States is about to find out as officials struggle to contain the coronavirus.
Coronavirus June 1, 2020
Prisons turn out to be a key place to study how coronavirus spreads and how immunity to it works.
Coronavirus April 6, 2020
California and New York City are booking hotels so homeless people released from jail don’t accelerate the pandemic.
Coronavirus March 26, 2020
With in-person visits suspended nationwide, people with loved ones behind bars say they’re being left in the dark.
Coronavirus December 18, 2020
Even as the first Americans begin to receive vaccines, the spread of coronavirus behind bars shows no sign of slowing.
Coronavirus April 3, 2020
Social distancing is pressing officials across the country to skip traditional methods such as jailing people for “technical violations” like missing check-ins.
Coronavirus March 24, 2020
Detainees say officials give them little information and are not doing enough to reduce their risk.
Life Inside March 25, 2020
“I'd give anything to trade places with you right now.”
Coronavirus March 28, 2020
While some cities free people from jail and stop arrests, others are much more business as usual.
Public health experts worry that high refusal rates could undermine efforts to control the pandemic inside and outside of prisons.
Coronavirus May 12, 2020
Youth lockups are supposed to rehabilitate kids, not punish them. The pandemic is making that harder than ever.
Coronavirus June 2, 2020
Racial disparities grew in five cities as arrests fell, according to our new data analysis.
Coronavirus May 26, 2020
For many people leaving prison during the pandemic, closed DMVs mean closed doors.
Coronavirus May 30, 2020
As if coronavirus wasn’t bad enough, plumbing problems are making life in some Texas prisons even more miserable.
Coronavirus June 3, 2020
As officials cut jail populations, researchers and advocates explore what more can be done.
Coronavirus April 22, 2020
Reports of domestic abuse in three cities have dropped. But police and experts say that may be a problem.
Life Inside April 1, 2020
“I tell my husband to keep my son in another room, while I put my uniform in a trash bag and take a long shower.”
Coronavirus March 19, 2020
“Kinda defeats the ban on visitation, which was to protect inmates and mainly staff,” critic says.
Coronavirus April 17, 2020
As states and cities face budget shortfalls amid the COVID-19 crisis, many courts seek payments largely owed by the poor.
Life Inside October 29, 2020
The latest COVID-19 surge is happening behind bars, too. Here’s three accounts from an upstate New York prison hit by the pandemic.
Coronavirus April 8, 2020
SBA says people with criminal records aren't eligible for some emergency loans, even though experts say the law doesn't exclude them.
Coronavirus May 1, 2020
With grand juries suspended, people who get arrested lose a route out.
Life Inside December 3, 2020
The racial slurs, dumb comments and news reports of hate violence have me on edge.
Coronavirus June 18, 2020
The Bureau of Prisons was unprepared and slow to respond. Then officials took steps that helped spread the virus.
Life Inside April 8, 2020
“My family is my family. I am used to our little quirks. But I am still getting used to what's going on outside.”
Coronavirus May 3
As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur.
Life Inside May 14, 2020
COVID-19 isn’t an automatic death sentence, but the fear, vilification and isolation are the same.
Coronavirus March 19, 2020
Those 55 and older are a growing share of the people in state prisons. They’re also the most at risk as coronavirus spreads.
News Inside May 5, 2020
Issue 4 of News Inside features a prison-specific coronavirus survival guide and results from our groundbreaking political survey of incarcerated people.
A Marshall Project survey of the incarcerated showed widespread interest in the coronavirus vaccine as well as pervasive distrust of the prison medical system.
Coronavirus May 4, 2020
Many educators found workarounds now that they can no longer enter the prisons. But they fear the coronavirus could undermine a critical component: teaching in person.
Life Inside August 13, 2020
Despite coronavirus-related lockdown and a skittish staff, prisoners at California Women’s Facility pulled off a full-fledged memorial service for a beloved long-termer.
Feature April 23
At the start of the pandemic, we asked four incarcerated people to chronicle daily life with the coronavirus. Here, they reveal what they witnessed and how they coped with the chaos, fear, isolation and deaths.
Coronavirus May 6, 2020
Closed courts, faulty technology and delays in post-release programs are among a range of barriers keeping a population prime for release behind bars.
Coronavirus May 27, 2020
A county trying to reopen its economy wrestles with a virus outbreak in prison.
Coronavirus April 24, 2020
Health experts say not testing staff could be a blind spot.
Coronavirus May 8, 2020
The Bureau of Prisons reports 110 confirmed cases among 17,000 prisoners—and that may be an undercount.
News Inside March 2
Over 100 incarcerated people around the country told us their questions about the vaccine. Here’s information about whether it’s safe, when it could be available and more.
Español March 5
Más de 100 personas encarceladas en todo el país nos plantearon sus preguntas sobre la vacuna. A continuación explicamos si es segura, cuándo estará disponible y más
Coronavirus March 23, 2020
Families fret about isolated youth behind bars.
Coronavirus March 28, 2020
Only 7 percent of black men would be deemed low-risk enough to get out using the federal prison system’s risk assessment tool, according to an analysis.
News Inside August 13, 2020
The fifth edition of The Marshall Project's print publication explores a world transformed by COVID-19 and the George Floyd protests.
Coronavirus May 14, 2020
Fatal victims illuminate women’s unique problems in prison, and the all-too-common ways they get there in the first place.
News January 19
People getting out of prison are bringing the virus outside because lockups aren’t taking basic precautions. Overtaxed halfway houses and other reentry programs are left to pick up the slack.
News October 7, 2020
Wardens blocked bids for freedom as COVID-19 spread behind bars, data shows.
Coronavirus April 13, 2020
Volunteers who monitor courts across the country say they are getting little access to online-only proceedings.
Coronavirus April 24, 2020
Voting rights for people in jail is becoming another casualty of COVID-19.
Coronavirus April 6
Despite CDC advice to vaccinate prisoners quickly, two-thirds of states lag behind the general population.
Feature September 19, 2020
Months ago, the attorney general ordered pandemic prison releases. After 24 years behind bars, Miller is one of many still waiting for a ticket home.
News December 3, 2020
Public health experts urge making them a priority—but some push back.
Coronavirus June 15, 2020
Amid speculation of a spike in abuse, advocates worry that families of color will be policed even more.
Coronavirus May 28, 2020
Some prison systems aren’t collecting race data. Others won’t disclose it. Experts say these are big mistakes.
Coronavirus June 9, 2020
Critics call high-tech maps overreach, but police say they keep officers safe.
Life Inside April 24, 2020
When you lead the Inmate Liaison Committee in a pandemic, you have to deliver bad news with finesse.
News November 5, 2020
Unlike many law enforcement unions that endorsed the president, Bureau of Prisons staff argue he's anti-union.
Coronavirus July 16, 2020
But not because of COVID-19 releases.
News September 25, 2020
Trump speaks of "anarchy and mayhem" in cities. Here's what the data really shows.
News November 2, 2020
Some states stop charging copays to encourage COVID-19 care.
News and Awards March 2
Honored with a gold medal for “Welcome to The Zo.”
Analysis December 21, 2020
From the sweeping impacts of COVID-19 to the protests against racial injustice, 2020 was a year like no other.
Coronavirus June 3, 2020
The Supreme Court gave teens sentenced to life in prison a shot at freedom. Many are still waiting.
Coronavirus May 21, 2020
Just a small fraction of federal prisoners have been sent home. Many others lack legal help and connections to make their case.
Life Inside May 28, 2020
“After close to 22 years inside, I thought I had seen everything when it comes to the Department of Corrections using impossible-to-follow rules to punish prisoners. I was wrong.”
Life Inside November 25, 2020
Between being sober, getting a visit and having a surprise feast with the mean girls in my unit, I still cherish that day.
The Frame June 3, 2020
Some of the city’s most famous streets, emptied by the pandemic, fill with demonstrators and police in riot gear.