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Feature July 10, 2015
Inside the secretive world of parole boards, where your freedom may depend on politics and whim.
Investigate Your State July 10, 2015
Help us localize our national story on parole.
News April 17, 2019
Most prosecutors automatically oppose parole requests. Not Eric Gonzalez.
News May 19, 2016
The high court has said most kids shouldn't be sentenced to life without parole, but some prisoners' fate are in the hands of politics.
News February 11, 2019
Missouri lawsuit says that the state’s parole process puts too many people back behind bars.
The Frame June 13, 2017
Ronald Elston spent more than 30 years in prison, with no preparation for what he would do if he got out.
News January 25, 2016
Brush your teeth, sit up straight, and prepare for disappointment.
Life Inside October 28, 2019
“Even in prison, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry about doing something wrong when I’m doing everything right.”
News July 10, 2015
For example: Most states don’t require board members to have any experience with the criminal justice system.
News September 22, 2015
New study places a quarter of the sentences in a handful of urban areas.
News October 2, 2018
At 16, one deadly punch sent him away for life. The Supreme Court gave him a second chance at freedom.
Life Inside July 6, 2017
The teenage son of an incarcerated man braces for news that could bring his father home.
Life Inside April 26, 2018
“With my new lease on life, I still remember the one I took.”
News January 25, 2016
The Montgomery ruling says juveniles sentenced to life without parole must get a shot at a new sentence or parole.
Asked and Answered January 22, 2015
A New York parole officer on GPS monitoring, the biggest challenges facing former inmates, and whether parole makes a difference.
News April 23, 2017
But the number is probably far higher, Marshall Project survey shows.
Coronavirus May 6
Closed courts, faulty technology and delays in post-release programs are among a range of barriers keeping a population prime for release behind bars.
News January 5, 2017
A ‘60s radical faces very different political atmosphere than her co-defendant did a decade ago.
News March 12, 2017
Now 28, he’ll be re-sentenced, unless the court finds him ‘irreparably corrupt.’
Coronavirus April 3
Social distancing is pressing officials across the country to skip traditional methods such as jailing people for “technical violations” like missing check-ins.
News January 17
Despite statewide legalization, some counties ban probationers and parolees from using medical marijuana. So the chronically ill turn to less effective and more addictive prescription drugs.
Justice Lab January 30
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
Life Inside March 2, 2017
An inmate with cancer wonders if her parole will come soon enough.
Case in Point November 18, 2019
If William Palmer wins in court, thousands could get closer to exiting California prisons.
Commentary August 28, 2017
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
News August 13, 2019
Thousands of Louisianians on probation and parole face numerous obstacles to casting a ballot, including the idea that their votes don't matter.
Commentary February 28, 2018
His “meaningful opportunity for release” came with impossible conditions.
News October 8, 2015
Three prisons were ordered to provide transgender health care. Three prisoners were suddenly set free.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
News May 24, 2016
The special problem of being a sex offender.
News January 4, 2016
A law practice finds thousands whose sentences could be affected by Miller v. Alabama
Graphics December 19, 2014
The shrink-the-prisons movement hasn’t moved the numbers.
News May 20, 2015
How many years make a life sentence for a teenager?
Case in Point January 9, 2017
Alabama never forgave Phillip Chance for running away.
Life Inside July 16, 2015
Freedom, with conditions.
Life Inside May 26, 2015
A prisoner and former foster child on the kids he knew — and the inmates they became.
News November 4, 2019
The state slashed sentences for more than 500 people convicted in low-level drug and theft cases.
Crime on the Ballot October 23, 2016
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
Life Inside December 4, 2015
After 34 years inside, sometimes you never feel free.
News May 26, 2015
A new report could have a big impact on New York’s prison population — if anyone pays attention.
News April 12, 2018
Bernard Noble, whose case became a symbol of harsh drug laws, walks out of a Louisiana prison.
Life Inside April 8
“My family is my family. I am used to our little quirks. But I am still getting used to what's going on outside.”
News August 5, 2015
The evolving state of voting rights for prisoners.
News January 30
His lawyer said he remained in custody in an ICE detention facility.
News Inside February 4
In the runup to the 2020 presidential election, our latest issue of News Inside explores the political opinions of incarcerated people.
News and Awards October 28, 2019
The Marshall Project presents a historic town hall, hosted by Voters Organized To Educate at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Q&A May 11, 2016
Rick Stevens on his three decades locked up and his return to performing.
The Lowdown September 24, 2015
The paradox of “felony murder” laws.
News August 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
News October 28, 2015
A lack of evidence doesn’t stop cities from rounding up sexual offenders on the holiday.
Justice Lab December 4, 2014
Even the Supreme Court gets it wrong.
News August 12, 2018
For some, science is outpacing the High Court on juveniles and the death penalty.
Life Inside October 20, 2016
“Being able to vote — that’s rare for people like me.”
News Inside March 28, 2019
The Marshall Project launches a print publication that will be distributed in prisons and jails.
News Inside October 24, 2019
The second edition of The Marshall Project's print publication explores the concept of freedom: mental, physical and spiritual.
Commentary December 1, 2017
The process that sent a teenage sex-trafficking victim to prison for life didn’t fail. It worked as it was designed to.
Commentary December 18, 2018
California scales back its felony murder rule.
Analysis June 26, 2015
As his rivals ease up, one candidate hangs tough
Coronavirus April 1
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.
News May 23, 2019
The story of North Carolina’s longest-serving inmate highlights the situation of people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system.
News September 19, 2019
The state’s byzantine felony disenfranchisement laws keep hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated residents from registering to vote.
News September 2
“When people are in need, they don’t give a shit where you’re from or what your history is.”
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The Frame September 11, 2015
A defense lawyer’s photos of four women re-entering society.
Life Inside August 16, 2018
"This isn’t a place that provides treatment, help, or even empathy to those who suffer from stress, depression, and mental illness."
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
News April 24, 2019
In 2018, the number of prisoners hit a nine-year low. But some states are resisting the trend.
Justice Lab August 24, 2015
Science tries to catch up with the problem of ‘accelerated aging.’
Commentary August 13, 2018
Hazardous conditions undermine the benefits of early work release.
Life Inside December 8, 2016
Craving the madness.
Life Inside April 30
Bobby Bostic was sentenced to 241 years at age 16. Gardening, he writes, keeps him growing.
Life Inside February 21, 2019
“I felt an overwhelming sense of injustice. How did this happen?”
News July 17, 2018
With virtual reality, juvenile lifers practice for a world they may experience.
News November 20, 2018
Former inmates facing deportation place their hope in California's outgoing governor.
News August 10, 2015
A California case may decide.
Analysis July 19, 2017
What Washington can learn from the states.
A cop killing in California fuels a reform backlash.
Justice Lab March 20, 2015
Why people age out of crime, and what it could mean for how long we put them away.
News December 13, 2014
The sweet spot in criminal justice reform.
News March 20, 2018
‘Sentence review units’ would revisit harsh punishments from the past.
Coronavirus July 16
But not because of COVID-19 releases.
Feature January 4, 2016
At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch—and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?
What You're Saying August 10, 2015
A selection of recent letters from our readers.
News and Awards October 9, 2018
Sam is the first formerly incarcerated woman to join the board.
Q&A October 2, 2017
A new book explores the slow demise of the ultimate punishment.
Analysis June 13, 2019
For years they’ve pushed a radical vision of a world without prisons. Now, the mainstream is taking note.
Life Inside February 27
Where prison guards’ favorite tactic is messing with your head.
Commentary April 3, 2017
A former prison journalist on what’s missing from criminal justice coverage.
News January 27, 2015
A new report details abuse of blind, deaf and disabled inmates in a Texas prison.
The Frame October 25, 2017
In a new documentary, ‘The Work,’ inmates confront their fears in a quest for empathy.
Commentary April 11, 2016
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
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.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
From early release to bail reform, reform efforts gain some ground.
Life Inside January 18, 2018
“It felt like all eyes were on me.”
News January 16, 2018
Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars.
News August 19, 2019
Signing a new law on police shootings, Gavin Newsom says he’s sending a message.
Commentary September 14, 2017
How her prison education saved us a million bucks
Feature August 3, 2014
Did Texas execute an innocent man?